Friday, August 21, 2015

Hezbollah fails to ban The Diary of Anne Frank in Lebanon

Recently, I noticed a  question on Skeptics Stack Exchange, a website for scientific skepticism, asking if the book "The Diary of Anne Frank" is banned in Lebanon because certain prestigious and high-quality journalistic resources said it was. Quote:

According to factslides, a reddit post, Wikipedia, and the Wall Street Journal, the Diary of Anne Frank is banned in Lebanon.

Is the sale, possession, and/or import of the Diary of Anne Frank banned in Lebanon?

Surprised by these sources and this question, I did an extensive research about that to check if the book was banned in Lebanon or not.

It turns out that, in 2010, a private school in Beirut decided to add the diary of Anne Frank to their syllabus because of its literary and historical merits.

The book was translated into Arabic by the Aladdin Project, a Paris-based NGO that aims to spread Holocaust awareness in the Muslim World. 

But, Hezbollah, fearing the humanization of Jews, confusing Jews with Israelis with Zionists, denying the Holocaust, denying the plethora of historical evidence in favor of genocide recognition, and having a host of other moronic excuses, Hezbollah decided to force its will on the school and remove the book. 

Taking the law into its own hands, Hezbollah forced its censorship of this book on that school because of its “pro-Israeli ideologies” which could lead to normalizing ties between Lebanon and its Israeli enemy. That I guess means that any sort of humanization of Jews is pro-Israeli and thus horrible.

The piece of news didn't honestly shock or surprise me. Life in Lebanon is a chaotic mess of sectarian, bigotry, misinformation, human rights, and a heaping pile of stupid. Case in point, certain organizations in Lebanon, labelled as terrorists in the West, want to censor the diary of Anne Frank, the teenaged Jewish girl who lost her life in the Holocaust. She spent her adolescence hiding away from Nazis and death only to be found and killed in concentration camps. Of course, her diary, a recording of the thoughts and feelings of this little girl, is an evil propaganda tool by Israel to create fake pity for Jews: the problem though is that all of this is far being truthful.

I went into further research - to find out that other schoolsinstitutions and libraries didn't ban the book because of Hezbollah's ignorant campaign

Hezbollah failed.

One can easily find the book in the libraries of local universities (LAU and AUB) and the book is available for purchase at local bookstores (Malik’s and Antoine).

Again, Hezbollah failed to ban "The Diary of Anne Frank" in Lebanon. Their logic and claim:

a. The book promotes Zionism
b. Zionism is evil
c. Therefore, ban the book!

Somehow, the fact that this book was censored by one school because of the campaign of one political party, that fact is tantamount to saying that the book is banned in the entire country; but of course, it isn’t. 

Thankfully, some other online news sources picked up on this logical joke (the Huffington Post and the Israeli Ynet). But the fact still remains that certain journals that are supposed to fact-check and provide objective, well-researched, and (to put it bluntly) correct news didn’t do their job. 

I've also 
criticized Wall Street Journal's article for not taking the time to look into the subject and actually say something that was true and followed from the evidence.

As for Hezbollah wanting to ban this work of literature from one school , it is quite sad that they actually got away with it. Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely read and tragic books of the 20th century.

It is not a Zionist tool to create false sympathy about a race who “did not have a holocaust”. It is a diary of a little girl who grew up around Nazism, was scared, and wanted to write down her adolescent thoughts on a little diary. She had no intention of publishing her diary because she was killed only three years after she got it.

As for Hezbollah, the fact that it is classified a terrorist organization by multiple international organisations is quite telling. Sure, it runs hospitals and charities to nurture the weak infrastructure of South Lebanon. Its humanitarian activities are respectable and much appreciated. But that does not change the fact that Hezbollah has weapons (and bombs) and plans on using them to kill and massacre other people who they don’t like. They have a stronghold in Dahieh and control a significant section of the Lebanese government. They are a threat to the development of Lebanon and the protection of its people.

Their entire ideology is based on hate, fear, and power-hunger. 

Instead of recognising the fact that Holocaust is a historical reality with a sleuth of evidence and that there is a distinction between anti-Zionism as a political position and anti-Semitism as a racist position, Hezbollah just blindly tells people to hate all Jews, all Israelis, and finds every possible insult or excuse imaginable to justify their position. 

By arguing so, Hezbollah makes their empathy to the Palestinian cause seem fake or at least rash. 

They are too blind sighted by their own emotions and hate to actually try to understand how both these peoples’ lives have been. 

I fear that as Hezbollah continues to have power in Lebanon, the diplomatic future of Lebanon and the quality of life of Arabs in the occupied territories will not improve, but worsen as a backlash from Hezbollah’s poor choices.


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