Why did the New York Times have to go all the way to Egypt to hire a new paranoid Islamic supremacist Jew-hater as a columnist? They could have hired 1000 Leftist or Islamic supremacist writers closer to home who would have said all the same things. “New columnist for New York Times is anti-Israel conspiracist,” by Jamie Weinstein for the Daily Caller, October 24 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
In addition to your daily dose of liberal invective, you will now get a monthly infusion of anti-Israel conspiracy on the New York Times opinion page.
Earlier this month, the New York Times announced that it had hired Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany to write a monthly column for the paper. But according to Egypt scholar Eric Trager of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy,Â Al-Aswany buys into the conspiratorial notion that a cabal of Jews controls American leaders.
Writing in the New Republic,Â Trager explains that Al-Aswany has been able to cultivate an image of himself in the West as an enlightened liberal who ardently opposed the dictatorial regime of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. But his more nefarious views have largely been hidden from the West’s view because Al-Aswany most often expresses them in Arabic, says Trager.
For instance, notes Trager, Al-Aswany declared earlier this year on Egyptian televisionÂ that President Obama is prevented from “go[ing] against Israel’s desire” by a “massive Zionist organization” that “rules America.”
Al-Aswany also holds the bizarre conspiratorial view that the United States supported the virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in order to help Israel.
“[T]he United States supports the Muslim Brotherhood to reassure Israel,”Â Al-Aswany said on Egyptian television earlier this year, Trager reports….