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And ‘God Cried’, a picture book? Siege of Beirut

Posted on: January 1, 2021

How Roald Dahl reviewed Tony Clifton’s book in 1983?

In 1983, Dahl had reviewed Tony Clifton’s ‘God Cried’, a picture book that described the pain and suffering caused by the siege of West Beirut by the Israeli army incursion and occupation of Lebanon during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Published in the Literary Review, Dahl said that “a race of people”, meaning the Jews, had never “switched so rapidly from victims to barbarous murderers”, and that empathy for the Jewish people after the Holocaust had turned “into hatred and revulsion”.

America was “so utterly dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions that they dare not defy the Israelis”.

That same year, Dahl told the New Statesman:

“There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity. Maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. There’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere. Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reasons.”

A few months before his death, in 1990, in an interview given to The Independent, Dahl explained that his issues with Israel began after the Jewish state invaded Lebanon in 1982.

“They killed 22,000 civilians when they bombed Beirut. It was very much hushed up in the newspapers because they are primarily Jewish-owned. I’m certainly anti-Israeli and I’ve become anti-semitic,” he said.

The statements prompted the UK’s Royal Mint to drop a proposed Dahl coin in 2014 ahead of his centenary anniversary, as he was “associated with anti-semitism and not regarded as an author of the highest reputation”.  

How has the apology been received?

While the apology (of the puny family of Dahl) was received with appreciation by Jewish groups, they did note that the family had made it decades after the author’s death, and after they had signed “lucrative deals” with Hollywood.

Note: After entering Beirut and controlling most of Lebanon, Israel resumed its barbaric activities by committing genocide in the two Palestinian camps of Sabra and Shatila. 3,000 civilian Palestinians and Lebanese (children, babies, mothers and elderly people) living in the camps were slaughtered.

For 2 days and 3 nights, Israel allowed the murdering activities to keep its pace. Israel army even provided the bulldozers for excavating gigantic tomb in Lebanon sport stadium and dumped the dead body while covering them with clay (keless) to avoid the stench.

The camps had no weapons or Palestinian fighters since they were transferred from Beirut to Tunisia on French ships

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