The Changing Face of Academia

“Hezbollah scholar” Judith Palmer Harik writes in Hezbollah: The Changing Face of Terrorism:

“Then, on 19 September, Ariel Sharon’s troops who were presumed to be protecting the people in the camps from just such an eventuality, apparently did not see Bashir’s Lebanese allies cleanse the camps of ‘2,000 terrorists’ Defense Minister Sharon insisted had remained on the sites. As a result of that action, hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians were subjected to three days of torture, rape and killing while many others were arrested and trucked away never to appear again. In all, an estimated 2,000 civilians were either killed or made to disappear in that operation.

A four-nation international force, including 1,400 US marines, was dispatched to Beirut immediately after the massacres to take charge of the further deteriorating situation and to organize the evacuation of Palestinian fighters to Tunisia, whose government agreed to accept them.” (p. 35-36)

Anything wrong with that paragraph? I call upon the resident Lebanon experts to provide an answer.


4 responses to “The Changing Face of Academia

  1. Well, how about the one glaring factual error – the Palestinian fighters had already been evacuated to Tunisia and this is what enabled the atrocity to be carried out so murderously.

  2. How about US eye witness Diplomat Morris Draper seeing the whole thing and reporting it in details with the IDF giving Hobeika maps, sieging the camp, and even aerial photos


  3. MFL, Judith Palmer Harik does not actually say much about the massacres; which is strange, and rather apologetic for the Israeli position of course, but there is no real discussion of who bore primary responsibility for and took part in the massacre. The book itself is a waste of time to read IMO. I read it only because a number of people recommended it to me, and I wanted to see what it was that these neo-cons had actually liked in the book. The author does not really provide much in-depth discussion of Hezballah. The sources she uses are not impressive nor extensive. It’s a rather shallow ‘study’.

    Unfortunately in this regard, there is a serious lack of scholarly research and material on Hezballah (if you discount Sheikh Na’im Qassem’s book which is not really a scholarly study). In contrast (and surprisingly) there is a rather impressive book on Hamas, by Khaled Hroub. It is a really good and enlightening book. Very well-written.

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