Scott Horton Interviews Dean Ahmad

Scott Horton, January 26, 2009

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Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, discusses how the Israel/Palestine issue seen from a libertarian perspective defines the central conflict in terms of individual property rights, the difficulty in determining the motivation behind Israel’s recent – seemingly fruitless – military endeavors, the precipitous decline in non-Jewish land ownership in Israel from 1948 to the present day and the looming prospect of a democratic Jewish Israel with an Arab majority population.

MP3 here. (47:40)

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D. is the founder of the Minaret of Freedom Institute and an internationally known interdisciplinary scientist, author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland where he teaches courses on religion and progress and on religion, science and freedom. He also teaches a course on Islam, Science and Development at Georgetown University for the Center on Muslim-Christian Understanding.

30 Responses to “Dean Ahmad”

  1. Bravo Scott!

    It was good to hear from Imad-ad-Dean again! I consider him a friend from long ago, before the dawn of the Internet Age. I used to frequent a BBS run by Imad. A truly brilliant and thoughtful person. It was good to hear from him again.

  2. Great interview as usual. ;-)

  3. Norman Finkelstein’s opinions and research are far from controversial. All are grounded in US and International Law and are supported by the leading scholars in the field such as Baruch Kimmerling, Avi Shlaim, Sara Roy, Noam Chomsky et al.

    Welcome back.

  4. The land deeds that were given to all Palestinians under the Ottoman Empire were rendered null and void when Israel went on its independence rampage. They stole it, illegally.

  5. What was Herzl’s plan to convince world Jewry to leave their lands and homes and move to the desert? Remmembering of course that Herzl’s form of Zionism arose out of shadow of Marx and Engels.

  6. Norman Finflestein’s books are essential reading for any person wanting to understand the foundations of Israel.

  7. Sorry Finkelstein.

  8. I believe Israeli leaders are following a plan that plan requires that Israel maintains an enemy. Because Israel is not ready to set its borders it has to have an enemy otherwise expansion is completely unjustifiable.

    Hasn’t anyone wondered in the over 60 years conflict that Israel to this day has not found a competent peace broker, they do not want peace.

  9. Israel’s complaint against Iran is the same reason that it was before the US and Israel brought Iran and Iraq to conflict, regional competition.

  10. No right of return is the next right on the chopping block for Palestine. Facts on the ground equal Israeli and US meddling.

  11. I almost forgot to mention, thank you Scott for taking on this issue.

  12. My father my family was murdered by Israeli’s and you want me to what? To give up the hope that I might just get some justice that I might get some monetary exchange that I cannot use anyway because I am trapped in an occupied land. No. The right of return is not going away.

  13. As peoples’ affulence rises, ie a state is born, with jobs, shops, govt etc it is a proven fact that militancy will subside. Israel knows this.

  14. Isn’t it funny how Israel jumps up and down like a spoilt brat shouting “what about our security”. What about Gazan security are they not aloud to defend themselves.

    Isn’t it funny how Israel uses the Hamas’ charter as a justification for violence, in it it declares Hamas will not recognise Israel, but, Israel has repeatedly refused to recognize a Palestinian state on the grounds that ‘this land is mine’ because my religion says so.

  15. As Herzl proclaimed “anti-semitism will be our greatest tool” does it surprise anyone that Zionism is credibly accussed of collaborating with the Nazi’s. One particular Jewish man even helped to convince the Hungarian Jewish community that the trains were safe to get onto. This man was eventually arrested and put on trial very quietly in Israel.

    I should not have to say this but every culture has its good and bad and yes the Jewish people have their own bad eggs this is not anti-semitism this is logic. And if Israeli’s refuse to deal with their own, who will take care of it?

  16. Good listening, Glad that you are back on the wires.

    I don’t think anyone can illuminate the issues of Palestine more clearly than Norman Finkelstein. Scott, I’m surprised he has never been on your show.

    On the Afghanistan-Pakistan topic you should try and get Tariq Ali on, It would be good to see how his view differ with Eric’s.


  17. Robert Gates said “Iran is hellbent on making nuclear weapons” and Obama has twice said “Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons”. With ZERO EVIDENCE. ARE THEY MAD ???

  18. Dean Ahmad | Antiwar Radio with Scott Horton and Charles Goyette great article thank you.

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