Alan Hart (writer)
Alan Hart (17 February 1942 – 15 January 2018) was an author, conspiracy theorist, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Independent Television News, and former BBC Panorama presenter specialising in the Middle East. He wrote the three-part series Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, and promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories about Israel, which were deemed antisemitic by the Anti-Defamation League.
Hart began his career as a reporter in Central Africa, on the Nyasaland Times, and served as a war correspondent in Vietnam. He tells of having been the first Western correspondent to reach the banks of the Suez Canal with the Israeli army in 1967. He recounted having been friendly with both Golda Meir and Yasser Arafat at roughly the same time and having been on friendly terms with such leaders as Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, Jordan's King Hussein, and both Egyptian presidents Nasser and Sadat.
Hart said he was told by his editor Geoffrey Cox early in his career: "Never forget that leaders are the most lonely people in the world because they are surrounded by sycophants who only tell them what they want to hear. They, the leaders, are crying out for honest conversation." Inspired by this advice, he says, he held "private one-on-one conversations over the years with leaders on both sides of the Arab-Israeli connection, giving him a rare insight into the truth of what they really believed and feared as opposed to what they said in public for propaganda and myth-sustaining purposes."
In 1973, Hart addressed global poverty with a two-hour film titled Five Minutes to Midnight. Its world premiere was hosted by Secretary General Kurt Waldheim at the opening of the 7th Special Session of the UN General Assembly that had been called to discuss a new world economic order.
Hart was involved in the failed attempt by the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to gain exile in the UK after he was deposed in the Iranian Revolution. On 9 February 1979, as a freelance journalist close to the Shah, Hart contacted Downing Street to say the deposed royal was interested in living full-time at his lavish estate in Surrey, southwest of London.
Hart also tells of having been the unofficial linkman in a secret exploratory dialogue between Arafat and Shimon Peres in 1980.
Hart was never been a member of any political party or group. When asked what drives him he has said, "I have three children, and, when the world falls apart, I want to be able to look them in the eye and say, "Don't blame me. I tried."
Hart was a critic of Zionism, 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 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 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 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."
On 25 April 2013, Hart posted what he called his final entry on Israel, Zionism, the Palestinians and related subjects. After complaining at length about corrupted historical truths and lamenting that the Palestinians, wealthy Arab elites and Western supporters of both had not been willing or able to use their resources to defeat Zionism, Hart claimed that Israel would in the end triumph as the propaganda battle had been lost, and that the endgame to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would probably be "final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine, followed, quite possibly, by another great turning against the Jews, provoked by Zionism’s insufferable self-righteousness and contempt for international law". Hart admitted that his personal and professional difficulties left him unable to continue his writing and advocacy efforts, with 88 commenters alternately praising his work and begging him to reconsider as of 8 June 2013.
9/11 'Truth' movement
In May 2010, Hart stated on online media such as the Kevin Barrett Show, that consultants close to 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."
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."
Hart was the author of several books including a biography of Yasser Arafat, Terrorism or Freedom Fighters: Yasser Arafat and the PLO (1984). Later, he completed the trilogy Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews. In an article discussing his book, Hart stated that "until enough Americans are made aware of the truth of history, no American president will have the space to break the Zionist lobby's stranglehold on Congress."
- Alan Hart – Peacemaker | 17/02/1942 – 15/01/2018 from Alan Hart's personal website, 16 January 2018.
- "Redistribution of wealth vital in India: Hart". The Hindu. 8 November 2008. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
- "Decade of Deceit: Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 10 Years Later" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. Quote: Anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracists not only create their own Web sites, they are active participants on mainstream social networking sites like Facebook, which play host to a number of groups and individuals who claim that Jews and/or Israelis carried out the 9/11 attacks ... Some have gone further. For example, Alan Hart, once a mainstream reporter for the BBC and the Independent Television Network alleged in an May 2010 Internet radio interview with Kevin Barrett that Israel and the Mossad were behind the 9/11 attacks. (page 9). 30 August 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Files show panic over Iran shah's plan to move to Britain 30 December 2009.
- http://www.zionismbook.com/#the-author, press release, 28 April 2010
- Open letter to British Conservative Party leader David Cameron by Alan Hart, 2 August 2007. Posted on Alanhart.net)
- Conway of Tehran Archived 25 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine by Daniel Korski, The Spectator, 21 April 2009.
- Alan Hart Breaks Silence about 9/11 on Kevin Barrett Show Archived 30 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine, 9/11 Truth Nor Cal, 26 May 2010.
- The Canadian Charger Magazine honours another 9/11 conspiracy theorist Archived 8 July 2012 at archive.today by Jonathan Kay, National Post, 26 May 2010.
- Why US must impeach Obama by Alan Hart, The Herald, 28 February 2011.
- "MY LAST POST: Final thoughts on Zionism's success and Arab failure - Alan Hart".
- Zionism needs Israeli Jews to feel frightened, interview of Hart with Koroush Ziabari, 13 November 2010.
- Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews at Clarity Press, inc.
- The end of Zionism? by Alan Hart, The Canadian Charger, 9 December 2009.