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Moderate Rebels

May 7, 2018

Moderate Rebels episode 18 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton continue the discussion with Rania Khalek. We explain how our erroneous views on the war in Syria evolved. Max apologizes for his Al Akhbar resignation, and Rania discusses the destructive sectarianism in prominent Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations, many of which get funding from Gulf regimes. We also detail Israel's support for the Syrian opposition, and show how dishonest the attempts are to liken Salafi rebels to the Palestinians.

This is part 2 of our 3-part interview with Rania Khalek.

0:00 Intro
1:48 Max on his Al Akhbar resignation and his awakening on Syria
13:00 Rania on initially getting Syria wrong
18:10 Gulf regime funding for Arab-American and Muslim-American groups
21:42 Turkey's influence and Armenian Genocide denial
24:50 Sectarianism and the similarities between Islamism, Zionism, and white nationalism
31:36 Syria sectarianism's damage to pro-Palestine solidarity and grassroots movements in the US
37:32 Israel's support for the Syrian opposition
46:08 Dishonest attempts to liken Syrian rebels to the Palestinians
52:09 Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria