Fareed Zakaria uses CNN to explain that a synagogue in Beirut is an example of Islamic tolerance of Jews.
The August 22, 2010 edition of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”. These are the words of Zakaria:
And now for the “Last Look.” With all the talk about places of worship and where they do and don’t belong, I wanted you to see this. This is the Magen Abraham synagogue. It’s not in Miami. It’s not in Tel Aviv. It’s in Beirut. That’s right, Beirut, Lebanon.
The synagogue is just now emerging from a painstaking restoration project. When the repairs began over a year ago, the temple was literally a shell of its former self. So why did this nation, often teetering on the brink of religious hostilities and hostilities with Israel, restore a Jewish house of worship? To show that Lebanon is an open and tolerant country.
And indeed, the project is said to have found support in many parts of the community, not just from the few remaining Jews there, but also Christians and Muslims and Hezbollah. Yes, Hezbollah — the one that the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organization.
Hezbollah’s view on the renovation goes like this”
“We respect divine religions, including the Jewish religion. The problem is with Israel’s occupation of Arab lands … not with the Jews.” Food for thought. Thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. I will see you next week. Stay tuned for “Reliable Sources.”
Zakaria’s indirect main point may have been about the NYC mosque. But his more immediate point — that Hezbollah respects the Jews and is merely opposed to Israel’s “occupation of Arab lands” — dramatically misinformed viewers about the radical and anti-Semitic nature of the Lebanese terror group. Hezbollah has repeatedly made clear not only its opposition to Israel’s very existence, but also its contempt for Jews.
It is true that Hussein Rahhal, whom the Associated Press describes as “Hezbollah’s media chief,” has stated that the group’s “problem is with Israel’s occupation,” as Zakaria noted.
But even if Hezbollah’s PR man opts for that euphemism, Zakaria owes it to his viewers to explain, without gloss, the group’s position. Hezbollah has not been shy about admitting that, in its view, Israel occupies not just the West Bank but also Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and every other inch of its sovereign territory.
As Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah put it in a Sept. 18. 2009 speech:
“Historic Palestine, from the sea to the river, belongs to the people of Palestine and to the whole [Muslim] nation.”
Israel, he elaborated:
“is a usurper and occupation entity, aggressive, cancerous, illegitimate, and illegal presence,” and nobody is permitted to recognize its existence.
The Jewish state, he continued, must be “wiped out”:
[We] will never recognize ‘Israel.’ We will not work with ‘Israel.’ We will not normalize ties with ‘Israel.’ We will not surrender to ‘Israel.’ We will not accept ‘Israel’ even if the whole world recognizes it. Our faith, belief, and declaration will remain unchanged, that ‘Israel’ is an illegal presence [and] a cancerous gland, and must be wiped out of existence.
Source: The Jerusalem Gift shop.
I have made several articles about the CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria, a native Muslim from Mumbai in India. He got his Green Card, and has been elevated to one of American’s best paid political reporters.
But Zakaria is a fraud. He twist and disport historical fact, and manipulate the American viewers.
His falsehood now includes the Lebanese terrorists organization HizbAllah. Earlier I have exposed his lying about the nuclear weapons program of Iran, and the political legacy of Winston Churchill.
Be aware of this man, and take take.
Read more about Zakaria’s lies about America and Winston Churchill.