Max Blumenthal, Rhania Khalek & Ali Abunimah Engaging in Assad-Washing

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Back in October 2016, I posted how Ali “Abumination” Abunimah and Rania Khalek of the Electronic Intifada were criticized by fellow Israel haters for what seemed to be pro-Assad views and actions.

Fast forward to almost 3 years later, and both Khalek and fellow hater Max Blumenthal are in Syria for what looks like some good old fashioned Assad-washing.

Anti-Israel author and activist Max Blumenthal appeared in Damascus on September 8, according to his tweets, where he praised the Syrian regime and condemned the former US ambassador as “fake.”

The Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and brutal tactics to suppress a rebellion since 2011, leading to the deaths of 500,000 and the displacement of millions. Blumenthal tweeted that he was in Damascus “in hopes of providing a few days perspective from inside the territory where most Syrians live, one that has been ignored by a Western media that has provided the mood music for a ruthless proxy war.”

Blumenthal has mocked Syrians in the past for preparing plastic bags to protect against Syrian regime chemical weapons attacks. A harsh critic of Israel and son of a former Clinton administration advisor Sidney Blumenthal, Max’s trip to Syria was criticized on social media for mistranslating signs he saw and mischaracterizing them.

In his tweets on Sunday, Blumenthal took photos of a poster that showed members of the Ja’afari force, an IRGC-backed Shi’ite militia.

“Posters honoring Syrian army soldiers killed in the war against foreign backed extremists,” tweeted Blumenthal.

However others were quick to point out that the posters were of a militia that included fighters from Iraq and Lebanon and that the militia was also foreign backed. One writer condemned Blumenthal as a “white American son-of-a-millionaire-politician.” Other critics slammed Blumenthal for not speaking Arabic and misunderstanding the poster whose photo he took.

He was slammed for posting a photo of Jobar in Damascus, which Blumenthal claimed had been “occupied by the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam until early last year.”

Anti-Israel author and activist Max Blumenthal appeared in Damascus on September 8, according to his tweets, where he praised the Syrian regime and condemned the former US ambassador as “fake.”

The Syrian regime has used chemical weapons and brutal tactics to suppress a rebellion since 2011, leading to the deaths of 500,000 and the displacement of millions. Blumenthal tweeted that he was in Damascus “in hopes of providing a few days perspective from inside the territory where most Syrians live, one that has been ignored by a Western media that has provided the mood music for a ruthless proxy war.”

Blumenthal has mocked Syrians in the past for preparing plastic bags to protect against Syrian regime chemical weapons attacks. A harsh critic of Israel and son of a former Clinton administration advisor Sidney Blumenthal, Max’s trip to Syria was criticized on social media for mistranslating signs he saw and mischaracterizing them.

In his tweets on Sunday, Blumenthal took photos of a poster that showed members of the Ja’afari force, an IRGC-backed Shi’ite militia.

“Posters honoring Syrian army soldiers killed in the war against foreign backed extremists,” tweeted Blumenthal.

However others were quick to point out that the posters were of a militia that included fighters from Iraq and Lebanon and that the militia was also foreign backed. One writer condemned Blumenthal as a “white American son-of-a-millionaire-politician.” Other critics slammed Blumenthal for not speaking Arabic and misunderstanding the poster whose photo he took.

He was slammed for posting a photo of Jobar in Damascus, which Blumenthal claimed had been “occupied by the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam until early last year.”

A twitter user said that the Syrian regime had used snipers to kill dozens in this area during the war.

Blumenthal’s Syria tour of regime-held areas has included photos of La Marionette pub and Elissar restaurant, which has only a 3.5-star rating on Trip Advisor. Elissar is a “beautiful restaurant in old Damascus,” Max tweeted. “The waiter said it was a favorite of Robert Ford, the fake US ambassador who oversaw the arming of ‘rebels.’”

Blumenthal noted he would “never understand US officials who enjoyed Damascus and worked to destroy it.”

He also highlighted a tomb of Imam Hussein and claimed that he was in Damascus at the General Federation of Trade Union conference on trade unions.

The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is trying to revive support for the country after eight years of civil war. Although isolated during the conflict, it has been working closely with its allies in Russia and Iran, as well as seeking to expand its diplomatic reach.



As for the terrible triplet, The Abumination is not there, but he sure has problem retweeting one of Bloomin’fail’s propaganda dispatches from Syria.

They truly are a trinity of turdery.

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