Then there is second generation Israel hater Robert O. Malley. I do not believe the sins of the father is visited on the son but this son has chosen to follow in his dad's footsteps and so has Senator Barak Obama.
by Alex Safian, PhD
Robert Malley is one of the most often quoted commentators on U.S. Middle East policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict, thanks mostly to his time in the
administration, where he served on the National Security Council as Director for Clinton Near Eastand South Asian Affairs, and also as Special Assistant to the President for Arab-Israeli Affairs. Malley served in these positions despite having no special expertise in Middle Eastquestions – he is a Harvard-trained lawyer and later spent a few years at as a Rhodes Scholar. Oxford
With the beginning of the Bush administration in 2001 Malley moved over to the policy and think tank world, continuing his involvement with
Middle Eastissues. He was Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, and is now with the Soros-funded International Crisis Group, where he serves as Middle Eastand North Africa Program Director. It is since joining the policy and analysis world that his media profile took off: for example, searching Robert Malley on Google yields 27,000 hits while a similar search on the professional news database Nexis returns 1,358 citations.
He is perhaps most well known for a controversial series of articles in 2001 blaming
and exonerating Arafat for the failure of the Israel peace efforts. Clinton
Malley has recently also been listed by the Washington Post as a Middle East advisor to Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, though others have disputed this.
While Robert Malley’s past history might seem typical for a bright young man pursuing a senior
Middle Eastpolicy position in a future Democratic administration, digging a little deeper reveals something quite untypical in his past. Robert Malley grew up in , where his Egyptian-born father, Simon Malley, and France raised mother, Barbara (Silverstein) Malley, were radical publishers of a controversial magazine about New York Africaand the so-called Third World. Malley’s parents were rabidly anti-Israel and counted Yasir Arafat as a personal friend. Indeed, Arafat was among those “leaders” (for want of a better word) who had intervened with the French government to readmit the Malley family to after they had been expelled for their radical activities. France
That is, while in the
administration Malley dealt directly with Palestinian matters, and with Yasir Arafat himself, despite having a huge and hidden conflict of interest: close ties between his family and Yasir Arafat. Clinton
Well, hidden from the public – when questioned about it in 2001, Dennis Ross,
’s senior Clinton Middle Eastadviser, said that the administration knew all about Malley’s past. Clinton
While we did not publish all the facts at the time, we did mention the ties between Malley and Arafat in an article in 2005.
But now, with Malley possibly a
Middle Eastadvisor to a major presidential candidate, it seems the full story should be exposed. I will try to minimize repetition of what others have recently published on this subject, while still laying out the facts in a coherent way.
Robert Malley and his family history
In the 1970's the Malley family lived in
, where Robert’s father Simon Malley, published a radical magazine about France Africa, Afrique-Asie, which supported various leftist “liberation movements” as well as the Soviet invasion of . According to the Afghanistan Post: Washington
Police are looking for the editor of Afrique-Asie magazine, whose pro-Soviet line and support for certain
Third Worldcountries is said to have upset President Valery Giscard d'Estain, The Sunday Times of London reported.
Egyptian-born Simon Malley, 47, his American wife Barbara and their three children reportedly have gone into hiding. They face expulsion for what officials describe as "political activities which do not correspond with, and even run contrary to, French interests in certain countries."
Afrique-Asie, which has a circulation of nearly 120,000 mostly in
Africaand Latin America, is said to have received Soviet financial backing. Malley, a founder of the Egyptian Communist Party, arrived in 11 years ago from the France , where he worked for a United States newspaper. (Washington Post, Aug. 7, 1980) Cairo
According to the UPI:
... Interior Minister Christian Bonnet told the Assembly that some articles written by Malley were “genuine appeals to murder foreign chiefs of state... ”(
October 3, 1980)
The New York Times characterized the magazine with these words:
Afrique-Asie, which is issued every other month, has strongly backed leftist revolutionary movements, criticized moderate African and Middle Eastern leadership and denounced
. (NYT, Oct. 4, 1980) Israel
and reported in the same article that Yasir Arafat had protested the expulsion order to the French government:
Support for Mr. Malley has come from ... African and Middle Eastern leaders as well as from Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The Associated Press also reported Simon Malley’s expulsion :
expelled an Egyptian-born American journalist Friday on grounds his activities threatened harm to French relations with conservative Asian and African countries and put him on a plane for France ... New York
Malley, his American-born wife Barbara Silverstein of
, and their three children were all subject to the expulsion order. It was believed Mrs. Malley and the children were still at their home in New York ... Paris
"Some of his articles are a veritable incitement to the assassination of foreign chiefs of state. The French government cannot tolerate them," [a French official said].
The bi-monthly magazine Afrique-Asie is published in
and regularly attacks Western policies in all parts of the world. It claims to be non-aligned, but has supported the Soviet military intervention in Paris , the Cuban intervention in Afghanistan and Angola , the seizure of American hostages in Ethiopia , the Algerian-backed guerrilla war in southern Iran , and the Arab opposition to Morocco and the Israel Camp Davidagreements.
In an editorial, the magazine said Malley's expulsion proved the French government's collusion with "imperialist, neo-colonialist and racist forces seeking to destabilize and overthrow revolutionary regimes"...
The Algerian, Libyan and Angolan governments have publicly defended Malley and warned that his expulsion could damage their relations with
. Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat said it would undermine France 's prestige throughout the Arab world. (AP, Oct. 3, 1980; emphasis added) France
Characterizing Malley’s work, the Economist reported that he:
... has acquired the reputation of a propagandist because his review fervently attacks "western imperialism" while approving the invasion of
. ( Afghanistan August 9, 1980)
With the election of the Mitterrand government in 1981, the expulsion order against Mr. Malley was lifted and he and his family returned to
. He later created a new incarnation of his magazine, titled Le Nouvel Afrique Asie, in which he published a long interview cum hagiography with Mr. Arafat; that edition also featured a copy of a personal letter of congratulations from Mr. Arafat to Simon Malley. (Dec. 1989, Le Nouvel Afrique Asie) France
Malley’s deep antipathy towards
was perhaps most starkly revealed in a series of interviews he conducted in 1982 with the Soviet-era communist dictator of Israel , Todor Zhivkov. The interviews were later published as a booklet by the Bulgarian regime, entitled Bulgaria Extends a Friendly Hand, featuring a touching cover photo of Zhivkov himself. Bulgaria
Malley’s preface, in full Soviet-heroic style, removes any doubts about his journalistic credentials and objectivity:
Todor Zhivkov does not want to avoid any question. In view of his overburdened programme, his close aides are trying to spare him any excessive effort. They remind him of files he has to look through as well as of the busy schedule of meetings with foreign statesmen, ministers, political or trade union functionaries and other high-ranking guests. But he waves aside these well-meaning reminders, casts a glance full of meaning and answers, “We shall arrange it.”
Turning to me he begins cordially: And now, go ahead! Ask me all the questions you want to, I shall answer you... With these words Todor Zhivkov receives me in his study. The ease of his manner is natural and contagious.
[Zhivkov], who has been guiding the destinies of
for a quarter of a century now, is the doyen of that generation of political leaders who came to replace the outstanding figures of the time of the Second World War. His frequent references to Leninism and his excellent personal relations with Leonid Brezhnev make professional anti-communists allege that he is a past master of the art of imitation. Bulgaria
The first question I pose to him in our long conversation naturally concerns the policy of genocide adopted by the Israeli troops in
on June 4 of this year and aimed at liquidating the Palestinian resistance, its friends and its allies. What is his view of this? Lebanon
The smile fades away from the face of President Zhivkov. His glance, a little while ago benevolent and serene, becomes severe and a hardly concealed anger is detectable.
Malley’s next question was in a similar vein, expressing clear opposition to the
Camp Davidpeace between and Israel , as well as support for the success of “Palestinian militants” in attacking and perhaps destroying Egypt : Israel
You have been constantly rendering firm support to the cause of the Palestinian people, to their right to have an independent and sovereign state. But the
Camp Davidaccords and ’s aggressive actions raise serious obstacles to the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people. What initiative can be launched, in your view, so that the struggle for freedom waged by the Palestinian militants can be crowned with success? Israel
But in actual fact, is not this a matter of an attempt, on the part of the Americans, to encircle, and subsequently, to overthrow, the progressive anti-imperialist regimes in the region? I have in mind
, Algeria , Libya , etc. Southern Yemen
Terming the circa-1982 countries of
, Algeria and Libya “progressive regimes” was of course, standard for communist apparatchiks, though perhaps not for journalists. Southern Yemen
Having taken shots at
and the Israel , Malley finished up with a swipe at the British: U.S.
Latin Americawe recently witnessed a classical example of colonialism. I refer to the British aggression against the Falkland Islands, a territory recognized by the entire Non-aligned Movement as an integral part of ... Argentina
The world in which Robert Malley grew up was one in which Yasir Arafat, Fidel Castro, Leonid Brezhnev and Todor Zhivkov were heroes, any American leader – even Jimmy Carter! – was villainous, and Israeli leaders were veritable demons.
Robert Malley wrote about this world, at least to some extent, in his book The Call from
: Third Worldism, revolution and the turn to Islam, and in no way did he denounce or renounce it. Algeria
While one does not wish to visit upon the son the sins of the father, in light of Robert Malley's book it is therefore legitimate to ask whether or not he has moved past the world of his upbringing. Unfortunately, his many articles on the
Middle East, which demonize only slightly less than his father did, would argue otherwise. Israel