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Havana's Hezbollah Romance By: Myles Kantor
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, August 08, 2006


…a prominent feature of the new anti-Semitism is its use of anti-Israeli politics, sometimes described as anti-Zionism, as a mask for anti-Semitism...anti-Zionism is nothing more than the newest mask worn by hatred.” --Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League[1]

War is a monstrosity, but at least it clarifies who a nation’s enemies are.

 

After immense aggression by Hezballah perpetrated from Lebanon, Israel has used aerial and ground forces to deter the Iranian and Syrian-supported “Party of God.”[2] For an idea of Hezballah’s ideology, leader Hassan Nasrallah has called Israel “a cancer that needs to be removed at its roots” and stated, “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”[3]

 

That is, the Party of Allah seeks to achieve what Hitler attempted.

 

While even Arab states have criticized Hezballah’s aggression—albeit a tactical Saudi objection against “irresponsible adventurism”[4]—Hezballah has an unequivocal ally in our hemisphere: Cuba.

 

“[T]he indignation grows throughout the world and will not cease until an end is put to the holocaust suffered by the Lebanese and Palestinian people,” senior Cuban functionary Ricardo Alarcon wrote in the Cuban “newspaper” Granma International on August 1.[5] He also recently visited Iran and called for international recognition of Hamas: “They [the United States and European Union] are building up pressure on the popular government of Hamas, forcing it to officially recognize the illegitimate regime of Israel, while trying to prevent the Palestinian people's resistance against the Zionist regime's bullying and occupation.”[6]

 

Another article in Granma from August 1 compares Israel’s counter-terrorism operation in the Lebanese city Qana to the Nazis’ most infamous murder camp: “Qana will be a symbol of cruelty and barbarity, no less than Auschwitz for example, or the multitudinous crimes of the European colonies and American slavery.”[7]

 

“At the international level we must denounce the crimes of the Zionist state of Israel against the Palestinian and Lebanese people,” a Cuban website said on August 2 after Fidel Castro turned over power to his brother, Raul. “Fidel would not permit that we remain silent in the face of the genocide perpetrated against our brothers in that region of the planet.”[8]

 

Other recent headlines in Cuba about Israel include:

 

·        “177 children in Lebanon murdered by Israeli attacks” (August 3)[9]

·        “Cuban [one-party] parliament strongly condemns barbaric Israeli genocide against Lebanon and the Palestinians” (July 24)[10]

·        “Cuba, Scientists Condemn Israel Massacre” (July 23)[11]

·        “Israeli genocide” (July 19)[12]

·        “More than 200 Lebanese murdered by Israeli bombs” (July 18)[13]

·        “Cuba condemns Israel’s savage military aggression against Lebanon” (July 15)[14]

 

Then there are the oldies but goodies like “Israel launches Nazi-style operation against Palestinians in Gaza” (September 3, 2004)[15] and “Sharon announces continuation of Palestinian holocaust” (April 2, 2002).[16]

 

Cuba’s support for Hezballah’s neo-Nazis is implicit in its demonization of Israel and its descriptions of Hezballah. Granma commented on July 13, “Tel Aviv began the attacks the day before with the pretext of liberating two of its soldiers captured by the militiamen of the party Hezbollah.”[17]

 

More openly, on July 29 Cuba praised the “capacity of resistance demonstrated by the activists of the Party of God” and how “the insurgents fulfilled their commitments to fight until death against the enemy, in order to avoid occupation and the aim of contemporary designs on the Arab region.”[18] Cuban ambassador to Lebanon Dario Urra referred to Hezballah as “the resistance” in a recent interview and spitefully said, “Some of the famous Merkava tanks have been destroyed by the effectiveness of Hezballah’s shots.”[19]

 

Note how these mass-murdering Jew-haters become “militiamen,” “insurgents,” and “the resistance.” Cuba likewise commented after the death of Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, "...the charismatic insurgent achieved the support of the population for his war against the foreign occupation.”[20]

 

To complete Cuba’s axis with Middle Eastern neo-Nazism, in February Fidel Castro invited Iran’s Mahmoud “Israel Must Be Wiped Off The Map” Ahmadinejad to Cuba.[21]

 

No wonder Cuban Jewish exile Moises Asis recently remarked, “I would like to say Kaddish [the Jewish mourners’ prayer] for him [Castro] and his henchmen as soon as possible.”[22] Asis notes, “The Cuban press ignores—and has always ignored and hidden—Israeli (Jewish and non-Jewish) deaths. For Cuban readers, TV viewers, and radio listeners, Israel has been launching intensive bombings on Lebanon only for sadism.”[23]

 

I prefaced this article by quoting Abraham Foxman’s remarks on anti-Zionism’s anti-Semitic essence. The head of the Anti-Defamation League has also observed, “We see it [today’s anti-Semitism] in the proliferation of outrageous comparisons between fascism and Zionism—the depiction of Israelis as Nazis, of Jewish leaders as Hitlers, and of Israeli treatment of Palestinians as worse than the Holocaust.”[24]

 

Cuban coverage of Israel flagrantly and repeatedly exemplifies this description. As the self-described “world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism”[25] that has been notified of Cuba’s latest anti-Semitism,[26] what will the ADL do?

 

This much is clear: Silence is disgrace.

ENDNOTES:

 

[1] Abraham Foxman, Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2003), pp. 17, 20.

[2] Iran recently admitted supplying Hezballah with long-range missiles. See “Iran: We supplied Zelzal-2 to Hizbullah,” The Jerusalem Post, August 4, 2006, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1154525807791&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FshowFull.

[5] Ricardo Alarcon, “Qana,” Granma International, August 1, 2006, http://www.granma.cu/espanol/2006/agosto/mar1/alarcon.html.

[6] “Cuban speaker urges official recognition of Hamas,” Islamic Republic News Agency, April 15, 2006, http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-236/0604158447160901.htm. Taking a cue from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Alarcon added, “The US, which is after unipolarization of the world, attempts to obstruct progress and development of other countries, especially the countries which are against the bullying policies of Washington. It allows only a few states, following its and the Zionist regime's orders, to have such activities.” When he was ambassador to the United Nations in 1967, Alarcon referred to Israel’s “surprise attack in the Nazi manner” after the Six-Day War. See http://www.cubacenter.org/media/news_articles/israel.php3.

[7] Enrique Roman, “Blood Wedding in Qana,” Granma International, August 1, 2006, http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2006/agosto/mar1/gana.html.

[21] See http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1619936,00050001.htm. Castro has often accused Israel of genocide, for instance at the 2001 United Nations “World Conference against Racism” in South Africa where he referred to “the dreadful genocide perpetrated, at this very moment, against our Palestinian brothers.” See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1521288.stm.

[22] Quoted in Larry Luxner, “As Castro ails, Jews in Cuba, Miami watch with bated breath,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, August 2, 2006.

[23] To author, August 3, 2006.

[24]  Foxman, Never Again?, p. 275.

[25] This is how the ADL concludes its press releases.

[26] On August 2 and 3, I e-mailed and faxed the ADL information about Cuba’s latest anti-Semitism.

 

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Myles Kantor is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and editor-at-large for Pureplay Press, which publishes books about Cuban history and culture. His e-mail address is myles.kantor@gmail.com.


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