As'ad AbuKhalil

As'ad AbuKhalil
As'ad AbuKhalil

As'ad AbuKhalil
Born As'ad AbuKhalil
March 16, 1960 (1960-03-16) (age 51)
Tyre, Lebanon
Residence Modesto, California
Nationality Lebanese-American Lebanon United States
Other names "Angry Arab"
Occupation professor of political science
Employer California State University, Stanislaus
Religion Atheist
Spouse Farah Rowaysati (2010–)[1]

As'ad AbuKhalil Arabic: أسعد أبو خليل (born March 16, 1960) is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus.

AbuKhalil is the author of Historical Dictionary of Lebanon (1998), Bin Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism" (2002), and The Battle for Saudi Arabia (2004). He maintains a blog, The Angry Arab News Service.



AbuKhalil was born in Tyre, Lebanon, and grew up in Beirut. He received his B.A. and M.A. in political science from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in comparative government from Georgetown University. He is married to Farah Rowaysati, a Lebanese political activist. Prior to marrying Rowaysati, he was married and divorced twice, both times to American citizens.[2][3]

AbuKhalil is a professor at Cal State Stanislaus and was briefly[4] a visiting professor at UC Berkeley.[2] In addition, he has taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, California State University Stanislaus, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.[5]

Political views

AbuKhalil describes himself as "a former Marxist-Leninist, now an anarchist",[6] a feminist, and an "atheist secularist".[7]

AbuKhalil is vocally pro-Palestinian, describes himself as an anti-Zionist, and supports one secular state in historical Palestine.[8] He is an opponent of the Iraq War. He is critical of Israeli government, of United States foreign policy, of Saudi Arabia, of both Fatah and Hamas, and of all rival factions in Lebanon.[6][9][9][10][11][12][13]

In an interview on New TV on January 13, 2010, AbuKhalil stated that "Lebanese nationalism – just like Zionism – was founded on racism and contempt for others – whether for Lebanese of other sects or for other Arabs...The Lebanese people, with all its sects, has never proven that it wants, or is capable of, true coexistence. Coexistence in Lebanon is coexistence in blood, conflict, and civil strife."[14]

On 11 May 2011, AbuKhalil argued that an Israeli could only be redeemed if he or she meets the following three criteria: 1) the person refuses to serve in the Army or the intelligence service of the state as part of military service; 2) the person must leave the house he/she occupies and the land on which he/she stands; 3) the person must engage in armed struggle against the terrorist state of Israel. If an Israeli person fulfills those conditions, he/she should be acceptable from a pro-Palestinian point of view." [15]

In a televisied debate which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 23, 2010 (as translated by MEMRI), AbuKhalil stated that US President Barack Obama "has given free rein to the Zionist lobby to do whatever it likes, both in terms of foreign policy and domestic policy." AbuKhalil also stated that "The Zionists want to muzzle us, so that we won't oppose the wars, violence, or hatred of Israel." In the same interview, Abukhalil sharply criticized MEMRI, stating that it is "a rude, propaganda-spreading organization... which was established by a former Israeli intelligence official." (alluding to MEMRI founder, Yigal Carmon).[16]

In a interview which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on October 25, 2011 (as translated by MEMRI), AbuKhalil accused the network of bias and accuses it of giving preferential treatment of "American Propaganda Officials." [17]

The Angry Arab News Service

As'ad AbuKhalil addressing students in the University of Manchester

AbuKhalil's blog, the Angry Arab News Service, was launched in September 2003, and as of June 2005 received between 30,000 and 35,000 hits per month. The name of the blog is taken from a phrase used by a TV producer to describe AbuKhalil's perspective.[2]

According to the Los Angeles Times, the blog is "known for its sarcastic but knowledgeable commentary", and "stands out for its sense of humor in the dour left-wing landscape."[2] Ken Silverstein writes that the blog often becomes "a furious stream of consciousness that lacks paragraph breaks or other typographic niceties" (though AbuKhalil is nevertheless "a terrific writer and an insightful political analyst").[6]

Most of the blog items are sent to AbuKhalil by his readers/fans, who quotes them and thanks the source with a footnote after the paragraph.[18]

AbuKhalil often refers to the starch-filled vegetable the potato in his online political writings as a substitute for profanity.


  • Historical Dictionary of Lebanon (1998), ISBN 978-0-8108-3395-1
  • Bin Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism" (2002), ISBN 978-1-58322-492-2
  • The Battle For Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power (2004), ISBN 978-1-58322-610


  1. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: (2010-12-10). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  2. ^ a b c d Robin Abcarian Between disparate worlds. Los Angeles Tims (2005-06-07). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  3. ^ The 'Angry Arab'. gulfnews. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  4. ^ CMES Affliated Faculty Profile. Middle Eastern Studies. As'ad Abu Khalil, Visiting Professor Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Berkeley University
  5. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  6. ^ a b c “A Statue to Reason”, By Ken Silverstein (Harper's Magazine). (2006-07-13). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  7. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. (2004-05-12). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  8. ^ Can somebody tell Wikipedia that they are wrong. (2008-06-04). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  9. ^ a b The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. (2008-05-07). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  10. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. (2008-06-17). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  11. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. (2008-05-10). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  12. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. (2006-11-26). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  13. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب. (2006-04-14). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  14. ^ American-Lebanese Professor As'ad Abukhalil: Just Like Zionism, Lebanese Nationalism Was Founded on Racism, MEMRITV, Clip No. 2381, January 13–17, 2010.
  15. ^ The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: Can an Israeli redeem himself/herself?. (2011-05-11). Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  16. ^ Lebanese-American Professor As'ad Abukhalil: Incitement on Saudi Media Ignored Due to Israeli Alliance with Saudi Arabia; Khairi Abaza, of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: The Arabs Need an Arab MEMRI, MEMRITV, Clip No. 2403, February 23, 2010.
  17. ^ California State University Political Scientist As'ad Abu Khalil Accuses Al-Jazeera TV of Bias and Conspiracies in Preferential Treatment of "American Propaganda Officials", MEMRITV, Transcript, Clip No. 3180, October 25, 2011.
  18. ^ Friday, October 09, 2009.

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