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Thursday, December 15, 2005
MEMRI: Lebanese University Event: "Just Like Hitler..We Should Fight Jews & Burn Them"

Special Dispatch - Lebanon/Antisemitism Documentation Project
December 15, 2005
No. 1049

Lebanon's Largest Government University Hosts Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV
Symposium Calling to Wipe Israel Off The Map: "Just Like Hitler Fought The
Jews.We Too Should Fight The Jews and Burn Them"

The following are excerpts from a symposium of students at Universite
Libanaise, hosted by Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV and broadcast on November 29,
2005. The symposium marked the anniversary of November 29, 1947, the day the
U.N. General Assembly passed the Partition Plan which is marked annually in
the Arab world with the ceremonies of solidarity with Palestinians.
Al-Manar's symposium was devoted to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and
participants included Shafiq Al-Hut, a former PLO representative in Lebanon,
and Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian students.

It should be noted that Universite Libanaise(1) is Lebanon's only
government-run university, and the country's largest.(2)

TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=962 .

Mediator: "The Arab regimes have all accepted the establishing of a
Palestinian state on the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In
other words, the 1967 borders only. They believe that the reality and the
balance of power do not allow more than that at this stage. Do you support
this 'realism,' or do you adhere to what has come to be known as the
historical, original Palestine? Let us... Let us... Go ahead."

Student 1: "My name is Hisham Sham'as, and I study political science. I just
want to say everyone is talking about..."

Mediator: "Please address the question."

Hisham Sham'as: "The state shouldn't be only within the 1976 borders... Or
rather, 1967... Israel must be wiped out."

Mediator: "You mean, reviving the motto of erasing Israel from the map."

Hisham Sham'as: "Israel should be completely wiped out, so the Palestinians
will have a country to return to."

Mediator: "If someone tells you this motto is unrealistic, how would you
respond?"

Hisham Sham'as: "There is no such thing as unrealistic. Just as Israel...
Just like Hitler fought the Jews - We are a great Islamic nation of Jihad,
and we too should fight the Jews and burn them."

[...]

Student 2: "Avian flu hit the entire world, and they are trying to find a
cure for it now. As for Israel - the only cure for it is to wipe it off the
map."

[...]

Mediator: "What's your name?"

Student 3: "Mahmoud Fakhri. I hope what I have to say is not too inciting."

Mediator: "Go ahead and incite. This is what we're looking for. We want some
action."

Mahmoud Fakhri: "In all honesty, the Arab people should overturn the
disappointing regimes."

Mediator: "Now you are really inciting..."

Fakhri: "In all honesty, any disappointing government that wants to
normalize relations with the Zionist enemy and to sell out the Arab cause,
and especially Jerusalem - the people must topple this regime and have its
say."

Endnotes:
(1)The University was created in 1953 by the Lebanese State. According to
its website, it is "morally independent and enjoys administrative, academic
and financial autonomy." The rector is Dr. Ibrahim Kobeissi. The site is
both in French and Arabic, but the home page is in French
http://www.ul.edu.lb/index.htm . The University Rector - Ibrahim Kobeissi,
wrote the following in his personal message on the site: "The Universite
Libanaise is a moral entity enjoying administrative, academic and financial
autonomy. Its mission mainly focuses on the following three points:
teaching, research and the spreading of culture [...] The philosophy of the
university is founded on freedom of thought, independent judgment and reject
of authoritarianism." http://www.ul.edu.lb/francais/presiden.htm
(2)According to the University's website, in the academic year 2000/2001
there were 68,510 students in which 85.7% came from Arab countries.

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