The man behind the Jews of Lebanon weblog is a US-born Sh'ia Muslim university student named Aaron-Micael Beydoun. Beydoun recently unmasked himself in an interview titled 'Jewish brothers, come back to Lebanon' for a webzine called ResetDoc.
'Point of no return' has exposed Beydoun's blog as containing errors of fact. Beydoun admits that it has a political purpose:
"My attachment to the Lebanese Jewish community is derived foremost by my moral and humanitarian convictions and finally by my patriotic belief in the Lebanon the late Pope Jean Paul II believed in, that Lebanon "is not a country but a message".
"I believe sincerely, that if we fail to live together in Lebanon religious coexistence will fail throughout the world and the idea we have of a clash of civilizations today will only be reinforced. I believe it's the duty of the West to protect Lebanon and the message it can spread if they are truly concerned with the well-being of the world. Instead, Lebanon was left alone to bleed for decades. Its minorities emigrated and the Jewish sect in particular was destroyed. The Lebanese have a problem with tribalism, whereas normally people are loyal to their nation, in Lebanon people are more loyal to their sect.
"People are so amazed that a non-Jew, particularly a Shiite Muslim would be so compassionate and so attached to a Jewish community. But I believe we must end the ignorant tendency to blindly equate all Jews and the divine religion of Judaism to Israel (my emphasis - ed). The same way I tell non-Jews they are hypocrites for doing so, then people shouldn't be offended if people generalize and say that all Muslims are like Bin Laden or all Christians are like Hitler. This is a ridiculous trend we must help eradicate."
Isn't bracketing Israel with Bin Laden and Hitler going a little too far? Perhaps Beydoun ought to get out and meet some real Jews.