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Posted on 12/21/2004 2:33:54 AM PST by JohnHuang2Edited on 12/21/2004 2:44:05 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
He denounces American imperialism on Al-Jazeera Television. A former Zionist, he refers to jihadist suicide bombers as martyrs. He praised Mideast scholars for ignoring the issue of terrorism, and he regularly repeats the most twisted and paranoid claims of Islamist regimes as though they were historical fact. He is Stanford Middle East history professor Joel Beinin, and his influence extends far beyond his classroom.
If one individual can showcase all the flaws of Middle East Studies in academia, Joel Beinin is that man. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association, Beinin teaches Middle East history at Stanford University. This professors politics color his work; the result is mediocre scholarship, baseless conspiracy theories, and partisan classroom instruction.
Beinins biography reads like a parody of an American radical. Born in 1948 to Labor Zionist parents, he experienced an ideological transformation at age 22 while living on Kibbutz Lahav. Beinin joined the New Left at Hebrew University, then migrated to Trotskyite anti-Zionism and finally to Maoism. A Marxist ever since, he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Michigan respectively. He has received Ford Foundation funds, and has taught in France, Britain, Israel and Egypt.
Beinin and his wife Miriam support the Jewish Voice for Peace, a Bay area group and reported Palestinian front. The professor appears regularly on radical Radio Pacifica, although he refuses many local invitations to legitimate debate. Beinin blames the United States for major problems facing the Middle East, and he attributes U.S. actions to aggression and ill will. Just a few examples of his most outrageous actions include:
Before the 2003 Iraq war, Beinin appeared on Al-Jazeera to condemn U.S. imperial policy in the Arab world. President Bush, he informed his Middle Eastern audience, planned to establish a puppet regime in Baghdad to benefit U.S. oil interests and force what he called Israeli dictates on the Palestinians.
After the war began, Beinin accused Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and other U.S. policymakers of collusion with Israels Likud Party and asserted that the U.S. and Israel had collaborated with Arab regimes to block democracy and economic development in the Arab world. Beinin insisted that the U.S. was bent on showing the overwhelming military power of the US to make and unmake regimes and guarantee access to oil. American conservatives, in his opinion, wanted to ensure that Islamist forces would forsake legal political action and engage in armed struggle.
Beinin rejects critical thought regarding terror, and with it any opportunity to sensibly evaluate the current U.S. war. He mocks this effort as terrorology. A year after 9/11, he actually congratulated fellow MESA academics for their great wisdom in refusing to examine terrorism, much less address what nearly all agree is the gravest national security threat to the United States.
Beinins antagonism toward Israel pervades his commentary concerning the Jewish state. He maintains that exodus of Jews from Arab lands after 1948 resulted not from their forced expulsion by Arab governments but from provocative actions by Israeli agents. Despite the fact that Israel offered Jews a haven from mass murder in Europe, and atrocities and mass expulsion from Muslim lands, Beinin holds that Modern Zionism is a revolution against traditional Judaism, not its fulfillment. (He shares this view, ironically, with a tiny minority of anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews.)
The violence of the first intifada (1988-92) was, in Beinins view, actually a strike for peace. With Hamas-like rhetoric, he has praised the first martyr of the uprising, and excused the small number of violent incidents against Israelis (overlooking that they led to 160 murders).
After September 11, 2001, Beinin ignored Osama bin Ladens explicit calls for jihad; instead, he pointed to Israels disproportionate use of force against Palestinians. This ignores the obvious fact that Al-Qaeda opposes Israels very existence, rendering irrelevant the level of force it deploys.
In spite of overwhelming evidence, Beinin refuses to acknowledge the threat that Islamic terrorism poses to civilians. In March 2002, a Hamas terrorist entered a hotel in Netanya, Israel, and killed 30 civilians, including children, as they celebrated the Passover holiday. The following day, Beinin addressed an anti-Israel demonstration and did not even mention this atrocity. Instead, he insouciantly denied that Palestinian terrorism posed an existential threat to Israel.
As for American involvement in the Arab-Israeli conflict, despite staggering diplomatic efforts and vast sums of money given to the Palestinian Authority, Beinin can see only a consistent [U.S.] denial of independence and self-determination for the Palestinians.
Whitewashing Egyptian Anti-Semitism
Beinins specializes in Egyptian history. Here, too, his work bears an anti-Zionist tone and frequent contradicts the facts of history. In opposition to the Zionist project, he instead favors Levantinism, an Israel-replacement ideology that calls for revitalizing the fruitful compromise of cultures he believes existed in the past. Scholars and Jewish refugees from Muslim lands both maintain that such idyllic harmony never existed, but Beinin romanticizes and politicizes their history. He also dismisses bona fide work on Arab and Muslim attitudes toward Jews by such writers as Yehoshafat Harkabi and Bat Yeor, calling this perspective a neo-lachrymose interpretation that inexcusably has distracted attention from Palestinian claims.
It appears that Beinin delves into history only to support his own preconceived theories. He ignores facts that contradict his ideas, sweeping certain events aside as if they never occurred. In his 1998 book on the fate of the Egyptian Jewish community, The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry, Beinin ignores the 1730s riots that destroyed Cairos Jewish quarter, killing 5,000 to 10,000, at least half its population. He makes no mention of the 1901 blood libel leveled at a Cairo Jewish woman. He condescendingly informs a former Jewish resident that the harat al-yahud was not a ghetto, when in fact it was. He minimizes Egypts 1929 Nationality Law, which blocked citizenship for Jews and many Christians, making some 40,000 Jews apatridesstateless. He downplays the 1947 Company Law that made it nearly impossible for minorities to work in Egypt. He insultingly twists Egypts Jews into Arabized nationalists who would have been happier without Israels existence.
Beinin even neglects Egypts state-sponsored publication of hateful tracts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zionan edition of which was issued by Gamal Abdel Nassers brother Shawki. He denies the inherently anti-Semitic nature of arrests of Egyptian Jews during the 1940s and 1950s on trumped-up charges. He asserts that Nazi officials in Egypts government cannot be traced and anyway, that they had no political influence ignoring a well-documented record of Nazis having moved to Nassers Egypt and their significant impact there.
In 1956 and during 1967-70, Jewish males over 19 were imprisoned in the Abu Zabal and Tura camps. They were tortured, forced to walk barefoot on broken glass and recite I am a coward Jew. I am a Jewish donkey. Beinin makes no mention of these camps.
In Egypt, leaders of Jewish communities were forced to publicly denounce Zionism. Incredibly, Beinin takes these denunciations at face value. In fact, these Jews were Zionists; Cairos Jews fasted for Israels safety in 1967 and then massively resettled there.
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A self hating Jewish dolt with a PhD.... nuthin' new here.
3] he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Michigan respectively
Anyone else get the idea that if you become a Marxist that your tickets get punched PDQ by the academic establishment?
How can such a Nimrod get so many degrees across the country? Are there not any members of the proffessoriate that can shred these cretins?
Self-hate seems to be the pre-requisite for whites in academia these days. It seems difficult to believe that someone from a persecuted groups like the Jews would fall for this pack of lies.
How do you explain 76% of US Jews voting for the anti-Israel candidate? The world is full of things to cross your eyes...
Well put JFK. Yes slavish adherence to marxist ideology will get your "ticket punched" pdq in academia. Being a marxist(anti-US/Israel) is derigueur amongst the intellectual elite here in the US. Self hate(masochism?)for oneself, and whites in general is also a dynamic that appears to be pretty common.How else can a member of the academic/social elite show solidarity with the oppressed masses?