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[The Barnes Review, July-August 2002]


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In terms of driving home the anger, frustration, and resulting violence pervading the modern Middle East — a direct consequence of Israel’s displacement of a million native Christian and Muslim Palestinians — one can hardly find a better example than the provocative illustration on the cover of this issue of TBR.

Shown is a poster widely plastered about “the Arab street” hailing Yahya Ayyash, a leader of the Palestinian rebel group, Hamas. Assassinated by Israel in 1996, Ayyash is popularly remembered as “The Engineer” — the mastermind of the Hamas strategy of suicide attacks against Israel.

While critics will scream we are “supporting terrorism” by publishing this image, note that TBR picked up this depiction from Harper’s — an American journal never known as an advocate of Islamic terrorism.

TBR publishes this eye-catching tableau precisely because it relates to a series of related stories in this issue about Israel and the Palestine problem.

Although graphic news about Middle East violence fills our television screens, chokes the radio waves and occupies many column inches in the press, the average American has little knowledge of the true history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What is presented is invariably the Israeli point of view.

Our lead story, “The Israel Problem,” comes from a most distinguished author: Dr. Issa Nakleh, the senior Arab diplomat on American soil today. A Palestinian Christian, Dr. Nakleh is longtime representative of the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine and an unabashed friend of TBR. We are proud to provide him this modest opportunity to explain the Palestinian side of the story.

Now here’s some news you'll find astounding” certain American Holocaust revisionists are loathe to delve into the issue of Palestine, despite the fact ceaseless “Holocaust” propaganda revolves around the Middle East conflict.

Just recently, a renowned Jordanian academic, Dr. Ibrahim Alloush — who has no qualms about discussing the facts — not the myths — about the Holocaust, was “disinvited” by the “new management” of the Institute for Historical Review (IHR) from speaking at an IHR meeting because his pro-Palestinian views were deemed “too controversial.”

The IHR’s fearless leaders feared that giving Alloush a forum would be “too political” and deemed as endorsing terrorism. To the surprise of no one who has watched the ugly demise of the old IHR, this outrage places the IHR’s handful of intriguers in the camp of the forces so determined to destroy Holocaust Revisionism.

Astounded by the IHR’s slap at this scholar — who faced sanction even in his own country for raising questions about the Holocaust, TBR invited Dr. Alloush to address its own June 14-16 international conference.

Unfortunately, professional commitments prevented Alloush from attending. However, we have assured Dr. Alloush that he will always be welcome at future TBR events. In the meantime, if you wish to judge for yourself and find out what Dr. Alloush has to say, check out his website at: fav.net.

In any event, the articles in this issue of TBR focusing not only on the problem of Israel, but other controversies surrounding the Zionist state, will definitely capture your interest.

Of course, there’s much more. TBR brings you a wide range of thought-provoking insights you'll find in no other history magazine. From ancient to modern, from Byzantium to Britain to China to Japan and elsewhere, you'll find it here, including the latest installment of the popular reminiscences of the late Belgian General Leon Degrelle who was — until his tragic death in 1994-- the last surviving world-class figure from the period.

In that regard, we're pleased to announce that TBR is now engaged in an important, all-new endeavor — “The Degrelle Project” — which will bring a whole new array of Degrelle’s reminiscences alive to 21st century audiences. We're proud to have the firm endorsement of Madame Jeanne Degrelle for this project — more about which in the months ahead.