Alan Hart (journalist)
- For the former BBC executive, see Alan Hart.
Alan Hart is an author, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Independent Television News, and former BBC Panorama presenter specialising in the Middle East. Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and implications for nearly 40 years.
At the ITN’s News At Ten and the BBC’s Panorama programme Hart covered wars and conflicts all over the world. In 1984 he became an author with Arafat, Terrorist or Peacemaker? He went on to play a part in Middle Eastern diplomacy.
Hart is notable for being one of the few people in the Middle East ever to have had the ear of top leaders of both sides, particularly Golda Meir and Yasser Arafat.
Later on, Hart was involved with covert diplomacy attempting to bring a resolution to the conflict. U.S. President James Carter had been prevented by Prime Minister Menachem Begin from involving the Palestine Liberation Organisation in the peace process, an opening made possible because Arafat had signalled, secretly and seriously, that he was ready to make peace with an Israel inside more or less its pre-1967 borders.
Carter believed that institutions such as the Israel lobby would suffocate open diplomacy. An initiative was funded by a small number of wealthy British Jews led by Lord Marcus Sieff (the Chairman of Marks & Spencer) with the approval of Lord Victor Rothschild. Hart was proposed as the linkman to undertake an unofficial, covert diplomatic mission to get an exploratory dialogue going between Arafat and Shimon Peres. Enough progress was made to get Peres and Arafat into public dialogue in the event of Peres winning the 1981 election and denying Begin a second term. However, against all expectations, he did not.
A decade later, this initiative was the basis for the Oslo accords and might have delivered an agreement were it not that Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated by a right wing Israeli of the kind Hart would call a "gut-Zionist".
Subsequent events have made Hart a sharp critic of Zionism and the State of Israel, writing in 2007 that:
The colonial enterprise that Zionism is has corrupted everything it touched, beginning with the United Nations and including the mainstream media, what passes for democracy in the Western world (America especially) and Judaism itself.
In an article published on the Iranian run Press TV, Hart described Zionists as “The New Nazis” and argue that “Europeans and Americans could have stopped the original Nazis and prevented the extermination of six million Jews. If Europeans and Americans do not stop the New Nazis, it is likely that their end game will be the extermination of millions of Palestinians.”
In a letter to British Conservative Party leader David Cameron in August 2007, Hart wrote that "the Zionist state, which came into being as a consequence of Zionism terrorism and ethnic cleansing, had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist unless ... it was recognised and legitimized by those who were dispossessed of their land and their rights during the creation of the Zionist state. In international law only the Palestinians could give Israel the legitimacy it craved. And that legitimacy was the only thing the Zionists could not and cannot take from the Palestinians by force." He also stated that the "Jews who went to Palestine in answer to Zionism’s call had no biological connection to the ancient Hebrews. The incoming Zionist Jews were mainly foreign nationals of many lands... The notion that there are two entire peoples with an equally valid claim to the same land is an historical nonsense.". Hart has also suggested that the United States is in danger of an Israeli nuclear strike with a stolen nuclear weapon to to trigger a war with Iran and "finish the ethnic cleansing of Palestine" under cover of war, which Hart claims that Israel is planning to do "as soon as the opportunity presents itself."
In April 2010, in his book entitled "Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews", Hart wrote that "the Balfour Declaration is in the fact that it was an expression of both the willingness of a British government to use Jews for imperial purposes and the willingness of Zionist Jews to be used. He also wrote that "Zionism’s assertion that Israel was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy by the UN General Assembly partition resolution of 29 November 1947 is pure propaganda nonsense" and that "Israel, which came into being mainly as a consequence of Zionist terrorism and pre-planned ethnic cleansing, had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist" without the consent of the Palestinians, which they have never given.
In February 2011, Hart called for the impeachment of American President Barack Obama. Hart argued that Obama's decision to veto the Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activities in West Bank and demanding that Israel "immediately and completely cease" all such activities. Hart argued "a president who allows a lobby group to put the interests of a foreign power above those of the country of which they are citizens, and who by doing so puts his fellow citizens more in harm's way than they otherwise would be, is guilty of treason." Hart also wrote that "the only thing to which the Obama administration has been deeply committed is not provoking the wrath of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress and the mainstream media."
In May 2010, Hart stated on various media, including the Kevin Barrett Show, that consultants close one the world’s most prominent construction company assured him that “The twin towers were brought down by a controlled ground explosion, not the planes.” Hart also speculated that the planes had been fitted with transponders and that Israeli Mossad agents guided them into the towers. Regarding the purpose of the 9/11 attacks, Hart stated that: “My guess is that at an early point they said to the bad guys in the CIA – hey this operation’s running what do we do, and the zionists and the neo-cons said let’s use it.” Hart also stated that the Israeli operation which became 9/11 was likely aided by certain corrupt American leaders.
In another interview, Hart stated that "In my analysis there’s enough evidence – visual, technical and scientific, and from eye-witnesses including fire fighters – to invite the conclusion that the Twin Towers, like Building Seven, were pre-wired for controlled demolition with nanothermite, the highest-tech military explosive."
- Terrorism or Freedom Fighters: Yasser Arafat and the PLO 1984
- Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews: v. 1
- Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews: v. 2
- Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews: v. 3
- Open letter to British Conservative Party leader David Cameron by Alan Hart, August 2, 2007.
- Conway of Tehran by Daniel Korski, The Spectator, April 21, 2009.
- Alan Hart Breaks Silence about 9/11 on Kevin Barrett Show, 9/11 Truth Nor Cal, May 26, 2010.
- The Canadian Charger Magazine honours another 9/11 conspiracy theorist by Jonathan Kay, National Post, May 26, 2010.
- Israel Is Illegitimate by Alan Hart, Countercurrents.org, April 5, 2010.
- Why US must impeach Obama by Alan Hart, The Herald, February 28, 2011.
- Zionism needs Israeli Jews to feel frightened, interview of Hart with Koroush Ziabari, November 13, 2010.