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Reza Aslan Compares Israeli Company SodaStream to Adolf Hitler, Implies Scarlett Johansson is Nazi Supporter

January 26, 2014 4:25 pm 30 comments

Writer Reza Aslan's tweet about actress Scarlett Johansson and Israeli company SodaStream. Photo: Petra Marquardt-Bigman/Twitter.

Iranian-American writer and academic, Reza Aslan, compared Israeli company SodaStream to Adolf Hitler and implied that its newly minted spokesperson, actress Scarlett Johansson, was a Nazi supporter in a tweet on Friday afternoon that he quickly deleted.

“Scarlett Johansson: Adolf is committed to building a bridge to peace between Germany and Poland,” Aslan wrote, linking to a Huffington Post article in which the actress responds to critics of her representation of the soda machine maker.

“SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine,” Johansson said in a statement, which Aslan then modified to make his point. The company is “supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights,” she said further. “That is what is happening in their Ma’ale Adumim factory every working day.”

SodaStream says it employs 550 Palestinian Arabs who are afforded the same benefits as Israeli workers at its Ma’ale Adumim plant in the West Bank.

Although Aslan’s comment was quickly deleted from his account, a screenshot, pictured above, was captured by Algemeiner blogger Petra Marquardt-Bigman. “Oh well, @rezaaslan was apparently embarrassed enough to delete the tweet – but I have a screenshot,” Marquardt-Bigman tweeted.

Aslan made headlines last year  when he responded indignantly to a Fox News reporter who asked him why, as a Muslim, he had written a book about Jesus.

“Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees including one in the New Testament and fluency in Biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim. So, it is not that I am just some Muslim writing about Jesus, I am an expert with a PhD in the history of religions,” he said at the time.

30 Comments

  • Dr. Mohammad Ghafelebashi

    Dear Aslan ; Thank you to speak you mind and not be intimitteted by

    people calling you racist. The true racist are the people who

    bleive are ” The God Chosen Race”. It is a time to speak up

    against the Isreal’s aggression and boycott their products.

    I am against given billions of our hard earned tax money

    to the country who has no regard for human laws,and wrongly

    occupied the people’s land.

    • What it seems like you mean to say is…”Dear Azlan, thank you for holding anti-semitic views that are somewhat consistent with mine”…

      Oh yeah, and good luck with that boycott.

  • AND, MAYBE, WE SHOULD BOYCOTT COCA-COLA FOR DEVELOPING A COMPETING PRODUCT.

  • I recently read Azlan’s book, “Zealot.” It describes Jesus’ early life until his death., followed by information about his followers and the development of the Christian religion.

    Is it a tale, also, of how Jews killed Jesus, even using the crude line “the Jews nailed Jesus to the wall” in the early part of the book? You bet.

  • Reza Azlan takes a cheap shot at a Jew by slandering her and making up fictitious quotes about her.

    He is an unabashed anti-Semite. When you get past all the hullabaloo about SodaStream, you find deranged hatred of the Jews and Israel!

    Its beyond sickening! No wonder he loathes Scarlett Johansson. It shows how hard it is to be a Jew in our world.

  • Another pathetic Lib learns how to make a living: espouse the Statist party line talking points – verbatim – and argue vociferously (although not necessarily logically) against anything Republican/Conservative/Tea Party-ish. A new prostitute on the payroll. Huzzah.

    Good luck with all of that.

  • this walking talking piece of excrement needs to come to my face and spout his garbage.

  • “Iranian-American writer and academic, Reza Aslan…”?
    I think not.
    Islamofacist, that’s a better descriptor.

  • Incidently, FOX tv has forced SodaStream to edit it’s SuperBowl commercial, because Scarlett says “look out Coke and Pepsi.”.

    read into that what you will.

    • Sorry, I don’t read anything into it.
      Nike doesn’t call out Reebok by name in it’s ads.
      Nor does anyone else I can think of.

  • Arthur Toporovsky

    This just goes to show how what is actually happening on the ground has no bearing in the statements of those who are protesting Israel. It does not matter that Sodastream is an example of peaceful coexistence between the two peoples. For Aslan, like for so many others, the aim is to incite hatred at any price. In a perfect world such hatred would be recognized for what it is. Unfortunately we do not live in such a world.

  • He’s probably a one-hit wonder with his book. He will fade quietly into history and no one will remember him.

    • He’s been a well respected writer and academic long before this recent book about Jesus. His previous books have been best sellers and he has been a guest on Jon Stewart’s and Bill Maher’s talk shows before he even wrote the latest book about Jesus of Nazareth.

  • Great work Scarlett! Go Sodastream and Go Israel. The only road to peace is to build economic relations between Israelis and Palestinians

  • Bravo Scarlett! I wish more celebrities had the b@#ls to stand up for Israel and not be intimidated by those whose sole intention is to promote anti-Semitism in the guise of an anti-Israel stance.

  • Usual lies and distortions from a Muslim. Remember that they support “taqiyyah”, meaning that they can lie, lie and lie again to non-muslims without transgressing any of the rules of their religious beliefs. They have to tell the truth to muslims. though.

    • Thank you. Now tha’t explains their serial lying to the world. Hamas leaders and palestinian civilians kept on lying that weapons are being hide in ivilian populations and blame israel for their deaths and destruction whinch in fact they brought that situation to themselves.

  • Churchill had it right…………..

  • When Reza Aslan received his Ph.D, he was given the right to use the professional title of ‘Doctor’ before his name. But what is in a title? What is a degree when the benefactor has not learned wisdom, tolerance, understanding, humbleness, and a gift for contributing to our world to make it a better place for all of humanity? Islam is anything but a peaceful and beautiful religion. Islam is being shoved down the throats of all of us ‘unbelievers’ and I pray that we will wake up before it is too late. Dr. Aslan has learned nothing about life except that his degree gives him certain rights to spew his hatred for Jews.

  • ” He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside,”

    “Creative Writing” pretty much explains it.

    • Actually – it’s an honorary professor – if you are an Anti-American, Anti-Israel but pro-terrorist you seem to be romanced by the Edumacation System of the US lately.

      In California the former head of Homeland Insecurity is now in charge of the Regent Universities. Her first step was to allow all illegals free admission and free books; the second is to allow the Islamo-Nazi groups calling themselves Free Palestine et al to push for boycotting Israel (a la Jewish) products; scholars; research. Three universities have done that – (PUBLIC) and now they are up for a huge lawsuit (go Justice!)

      To Jews in Californication (like me) it’s getting time to leave this mishuganah state and go elsewhere – like to Israel.

    • Ditto

      I understand that in “Zealot” he claims the Romans have no sense of humor. This is to make certain that the title on the crucifix has no other interpretation. If the Romans had no sense of humor someone should have told Cicero and Petronius, just to name a few. Aslan would find experts on the Romans would disagree. So much for scholarship.

  • A quick review of his background indicates repeated utterances of millenium old Jew hate canards.. He is jihadi extremist who glories in the ottoman harun yahya cult of Shoah denial and prayers for the resurrection of Auschwitz. Algemeiner giving him space does a disservoce to all Jews

  • Stop it. A limit has begging too. Now do not go in the faith disputes.

    Forget history. Let’s start with something new.

  • Not even mushy “peace” blathering by Johansson satisfies Jr. Ayatollah Aslan, who typifies the sort of Islamofascist who’s only happy with Jews who raise the white flag. Aslan’s homeland needs a mushroom cloud over its skies!

    • Shalom-Hillel

      Let’s just see to it the nuclear sites are destroyed.
      Iran and Israel can be close allies again once this regime fades like a bad memory.

  • When Winston Churchill wisely stated that “Islam in a man is as dangerous as rabies in a dog” he was obviously talking about REZA ASLAN.

  • IT HAS BEEN SAID MANY TIMES: HAVING A PH.D. DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE SMART. IN THIS CASE I MIGHT ADD THAT JUST BECAUSE YUOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST DOESN’T MEAN YOU ASK SMART QUESTIONS.

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