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Amazon Pulls Hezbollah Deputy Leader’s Book After Israeli Media Outcry

Deputy leader of Hezbollah Gen. Naim Qassem, via Reuters.
By Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge – 05/23/2019

This week Amazon pulled a controversial book being sold through its website after Israeli media led an outcry against it, charging the US retail giant with hosting Hezbollah propaganda containing incitement to violence against Israelis written by the group’s second in command.

“Hezbollah: The Story from Within” was published in 2010 by Naim Qassem, the deputy head of Hezbollah, who is a designated international terrorist by the United States. The rare “insider account” of Iran-backed Hezbollah has been translated into several languages and had reportedly long been available in English through Amazon.com.

According to the Israeli national Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv, “a reporter found that the English edition of the book was being offered for sale on the Amazon site,” and was alarmed at “a clear instance of breaking sanctions and helping to finance terrorism” on the part of Amazon.

“A Maariv reporter contacted Amazon with findings in the book and Amazon subsequently decided to immediately remove the book from its sales sites in the United States and around the world,” a rough English translation of the Maariv story said. The Hebrew-language report said the book was filled with anti-Semitic statements and questioned Israel’s right to exit.

Though it had apparently been offered by Amazon for years, the book was spotlighted this week after controversy erupted between Israel and a United Nations official, after the official called it “necessary reading”.

On Tuesday Israel slammed the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis for holding a high level meeting with Qassem after which the UN official publicly praised the senior Hezbollah official.

Kubis had confirmed on Twitter that he not only met with Qassem, but received a copy of his most well-known book, which he also praised.

The Times of Israel reported of the statement:

Kubis was likely referring to “Hizbullah (Hezbollah): The Story from Within,” a 464-page tome first published in English a decade ago. The book, published by the London-based Saqi Books, is available on Amazon.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman went so far as to denounce the meeting via Twitter, saying “You know what else is ‘necessary reading’? U.N. Resolution 1701” — in reference to a resolution intended to resolve the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.

Within two days following the incident, the initial link through which the book had been sold on Amazon led to an error page, in apparent confirmation that Amazon banned the book at the request of the Israeli reporter.

On Thursday, Middle East and Iran analyst Matthew Levitt confirmed that the “Hezbollah deputy Secretary General’s book [is] no longer available on Amazon after journalist points out its anti-Israel incitement to violence & sanctions implications of selling it.”

The fresh controversy comes following new efforts by Israel to convince the UN to officially recognize Hezbollah as a terror group — an effort which has reportedly failed to gain traction.

The Trump administration has also of late taken more aggressive sanctions measures on Hezbollah leadership amid the ongoing heightened tensions with Iran. Hezbollah has long been seen as an arm of the Ayatollahs in Lebanon and Syria.

May 24, 2019 - Posted by | Book Review, Full Spectrum Dominance | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Israeli propaganda= ‘GOOD’

    Hezbollah Propaganda= ‘BAD’

    Israeli propaganda is spewed into Americans homes every day of the Week, but, propaganda from the other side is banned. It’s no wonder the average American has NO IDEA what is actually happening on this planet……

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 24, 2019 | Reply

  2. They never miss an opportunity to exploit an opportunity to crush the opposition.

    (“…questioned Israel’s right to exit.” Although an amusing typo, I’m reminded that the great journalist Helen Thomas, R.I.P., expressed the Ziomonster’s “right to exit” very well: (paraphrase) “Let them go back to Europe and everywhere else from whence they came.”)

    Comment by roberthstiver | May 25, 2019 | Reply

    • Note: Intrigued by “Matthew Levitt,” I went to the link and, sure enough, this is unquestionably a Zionist I’ve followed with disgust and foreboding ever since 2005, when he “exited” an Occupied WashDC Zionist think tank for the US Treasury where he became, in 2005 or so, one of the first (and in fact may have set up the unit; there was another Zio named Leavy in the same era) of an unending string of full-on Zionists tasked to search out and sanction any and everyone who met the unit’s (something like ‘anti-terrorism financing”) goals of putting the screws of financial sanctions into effect on nations, corporations, individuals et al. That enterprise, of course, was and remains an “opportunity to exploit” 9-11 paranoia toward targeting and screwing Muslims in general and specific terms for having the temerity to stand up for Palestine, Lebanon/Hezbollah and similar causes opposing the Zionist/Western Colonial Enterprise. (Levitt duly completed his year-or-two tenure at Treasury and passed through the Ziorevolving door back to Ziothink tankdom, high-fiving his successor on the way out…now I note in the above text that he is an of-repute “Middle East and *Iran* analyst.” Aha–so he has parlayed himself into a position of general “expertise and authority” vis-à-vis Iran. *Iran*: With Zios of the ilk of Levitt lusting after your backside, be very, very wary….) [If I’m not mistaken, the current Ziohead of that Treasury unit I love to hate is a Jewish woman, born in the Zioentity…who has now apparently become a (dual?) citizen and is gleefully feasting on our taxdollars every payday while continuing the tradition and undoubtedly already preparing to pass the sanctions baton to her Ziosuccessor. I’m sure that she, and the unit, has special/instant/tribal access to — ahem — Mnuchin.]

      Comment by roberthstiver | May 25, 2019 | Reply

  3. They may have hindered sales of the book, but Hezbollah itself, stronger than ever, awaits its opportunity…

    Comment by traducteur | May 25, 2019 | Reply


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