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New Middle East Film Explores Global Jihad Success


“No single event has stirred global jihad more ardently.”

Icon of Hatred, a new film by Second Draft, explores how the media-created icon of Muhammad al Durah’s death, helped launch a new phase of misinformation that has sparked untold violence in the Middle East.

The film is written and produced by Richard Landes, a professor of Medieval History at Boston University, who has used his experience in analyzing and exposing medieval forgeries to examine the al Durah affair.

“In the history of psychological warfare, Al Durah is an atom bomb,” says Landes. “No single event has stirred Global Jihad more ardently.”

Icon of Hatred sheds light on the dynamics of war and mega-death that, hatched in the tragic crucible of the Arab Israeli conflict, now haunts the whole world.

Icon of Hatred explores

How Palestinian TV took the footage of what was, at most, an Israeli error and turned it into an accusation of cold-blooded murder, a proof of Israeli intentions to commit genocide.

How Al Durah became a blood martyr and icon not only of the “Al Aqsa Intifada,” but of global Jihad, catapulting Jihadism from the margins to the center of the Muslim street and promoting suicide bombing as the weapon of choice.

How Al Durah became the symbol of outraged compassion in the West, fueling a crusade that aligned the human rights and anti-war left, with the most murderous theocrats on the globe. And how, in embracing the Muslim equation of Israel with Nazis, European intellectuals have encouraged the surge of radical Islamist triumphalism not only in the Middle East, but within their own countries .

Richard Landes is a Professor of Medieval History at Boston University, the animator of The Second Draft, and blogger at The Augean Stables. Having analyzed a major dossier of forgeries around the dawn of the second millennium , he has turned his attention to another constellation that permeates our MSM at the dawn of the third millennium.

Richard Landes is Available for Interviews


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