Joel Beinin Whines about Israeli Airport’s “Harassment” – by Steven Plaut


Being a leftist Anti-Zionist means not only never having to say you are sorry, such as when you get your facts all wrong.  It also means that you have an obligation to represent yourself as a victim of harassment.   Armchair martyrdom is as fundamental a part of leftist ideology as anti-Americanism and hatred of Israel.

In his now-famous essay from July, 1976, “The Intelligent Co-ed’s Guide to America,” Thomas Wolfe wrote about how desperately American academics wish to feel persecuted.  A pretense of being persecuted today seems to do wonders both for their ego and for their web traffic.  The entire “Zionist Lobby” is largely an invention by these same people, anxious to show that they are being oppressed by an evil nefarious conspiracy.  You just need to wave your stigmata and denounce the “Neo-Conservatives,” the “Rightwing McCarthyists,” and – of course the Jews.  Whining about being persecuted seems to be the leading participation sport of today’s far Leftists and the radical armchair postureurs.

As documented recently on this web site, Joel Beinin, the Israel-hating pro-Hamas sometimes-Maoist professor of Middle East Studies at Stanford University is just such a persecution whiner.  Here is what we wrote:

‘“McCarthyism” seems to be Beinin’s third favorite “m” word, after Marxism and Mao, and he applies it liberally to anyone who dares to criticize him. Beinin wrote a 2004 article called “The New McCarthyism: Policing Thought about the Middle East.” In it, Beinin denounced the Ford Foundation’s decision to withdraw funding from any university grantee that finances the promotion of “violence, terrorism, or bigotry or the destruction of any state.” What worried Beinin was that such restrictions could potentially hurt a “Palestinian student group [that] called for the replacement of the state of Israel with a secular, democratic state,” meaning one seeking the extermination of Israel.’

Beinin went on to declare that Bay Area Zionists silenced him and prevented him from giving a talk to a school in San Jose.  The San Francisco Chronicle checked and reported that no one at all from the local Jewish Community had even spoken with anyone at that school.

Well, the good professor is back.  Over the Thanksgiving weekend he widely circulated the following epistle, which we reprint for you here in full, spelling errors and all:

26 November 2009

I arrived in Israel at about 15:00 on Wednesday, 25 November afternoon to visit my mother, brother, and sister who are Israeli (and US) citizens resident in Israel since 1973.  My mother has been ill, and this visit was prompted primarily for that reason. I have visited Israel dozens of times before – most recently December 2008 – and resided in the country for extended periods on several different occasions.  Yesterday, for the first time since my first visit to Israel in 1965, I was detained without explanation at Ben-Gurion airport for nearly two hours and ultimately interrogated.  The questioners asked questions that they surely already knew the answers to.  The asked, for example, my profession and my email.  My position as Donald J. McLaughlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University and my email are a matter of public record, easily obtainable from the website of Stanford’s Department of History.  The questioners also asked whether I had travelled (sic) to “other countries in the region” which, since they had my passport in their hands for the better part of two hours with all the relevant visa stamps, was also not obscure information.  My luggage was not searched nor was I asked any question remotely related to the security of Israel except whether I had traveled (sic) to Iran (I was there once, for two weeks, in 1970 when Israel had warm relations with the Shah’s regime).

It therefore appears that this “investigation” had no purpose other than to harass and intimidate me.

Upon leaving I was told that I would be contacted further by one “Amos” from the Ministry of Defense.  For my convenience, I was given his phone number: 054-*******.

Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History
Professor of Middle East History
Joel Beinin
Contact in Israel: 054-565-2320

The main reports about the horrific suffering by Beinin at the hands of the security personnel at Israel’s airport have been on web sites run by Israel’s own predominantly-Arab Stalinist communist party and on one of its front groups named “The Left Bank.”

Now the above Beinin hysterics about being “intimidated” need a dose of deconstruction.  Beinin routinely travels to countries that happen to be at war with Israel, and has visited Iran, which happens to be officially on record as calling for the annihilation of Israel and its population.  By his own admission, Beinin’s passport is bristling with visas from such countries.  One would expect even the sleepiest airport passport inspector at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport to sit up and take notice of someone coming into the country with such visas.  Most passport inspectors at Tel Aviv airport, by the way, are teenage girls.  So you can imagine the terror and intimation experienced there by the poor professor.

Now Beinin’s insistence that the airport security staff must have known who he is rings a bit curious.  I did a search of the Hebrew web, and – sure enough – there are some internet mentions of him in Hebrew, but almost all of those are on the web sites of communist party and its fronts, which the airport inspectors may not visit on a regular basis.  There are two mentions of Beinin’s getting sued by Los Angeles journalist Rachel Neuwirth for his posting false smears about her.

What about Beinin’s claim that being questioned about his travels in belligerent countries constitutes “harassment” and “intimidation?”   (We have only his word that the questioning took two hours, and no mention at all of his being offered cookies and tea; I have waited in that airport for longer just to get a guitar case out of the belly of a plane!)   Well, an acquaintance of mine named Julia is an Israeli Jew born in Libya, a fact noted on her Israeli passport, and you would not believe the hassle she goes through every time she wants to come to the United States for a visit!  My wife was questioned at length and searched at Tokyo airport after 9-11 because her passport says she was born in the Middle East.

More to the point, Joel Beinin is an anti-Israel hate propagandist, someone who has made a career out of rationalizing anti-Jewish terrorism and endorsing Arab demands for Israel’s annihilation.  Other countries routinely bar hostile propagandists for far less provocation.  Canada banned ultra-leftist and Saddam’s agent George Galloway from entering, and also banned some other radicals.  Canada also banned a controversial rap group from entering.  The US banned Tariq Ramadan due to his terrorist connections.  It has banned others for security reasons, including Cat Stevens, the British author Sebastian Horsley, a pro-LSD Canadian psychologist, and at least one Israeli.  The UK banned radio host Michael Savage (along with 15 other people) for being insensitive to Moslems, and tried to ban Dutch politician Geert Wilders.  Egypt has barred Hamas members from entering.  The Ukraine banned the mayor of Moscow from entering the country because of things he said.

Now as it turns out, Israel almost never prevents anti-Israel propagandists and anti-Semitic hate-mongers from entering the country.  For example, it rather stupidly allows lots of “anarchists” from the “International Solidarity Movement” and similar pro-terror groups to enter the country and then to attack its policemen and soldiers as their attempt to help Palestinian terrorists.  The only two anti-Israel propagandists of note who have been barred from entering Israel in recent years were: 1.  Norman Finkelstein, a Neo-Nazi who was fired by DePaul University and who was barred from entering Israel due to his intimate ties with the Hezb’Allah, and 2. Richard Falk, the anti-Semitic retired professor from Princeton who was barred from entering Israel as head of an anti-Israel UN propaganda “commission.”  (When Falk arrived earlier as a private person to give university lectures, he was admitted.)

Anti-Israel fanatics, like Noam Chomsky and the Swedish journalist who recently invented a medieval blood libel about Jews stealing the body parts of Palestinians, have been admitted to Israel freely, although they never would be if I had anything to say about it.  Even Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, whose nasty diatribe, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, has become the Koran for Israel-bashers and Jew-haters around the world, were welcomed in Israel for a speaking tour.

It goes without saying that Beinin has never expressed any criticism of the fact that Israelis are prohibited altogether from entering Iran and most Arab countries.  Some of those countries prohibit entry to Jews from anywhere.  In Saudi Arabia you will get expelled and beaten to a pulp if you have a Hanukka Menorah or a Christmas tree.

Of course the greatest irony in all of this is that Beinin was not banned from Israel at all, in spite of being a fanatical pro-terror anti-Israel propagandist.   He was simply interviewed by an alert young passport inspector, suspicious of all those visas in Beinin’s passport from countries seeking Israel’s annihilation.  For Beinin, however, the incident was a priceless opportunity to wave his stigmata and show the world what a persecuted martyr and victim he is.  His questioning in the airport proves he is being intimidated and harassed by them damned Zionists!

  • aharon bernstein

    I love how the Israeli security guard gives Beinin the former's own private cell number to help Beinin out if he needs any assistance while visiting thr country, and then Beinin smears the guy as a bully and publishes the guys cell number on the web so that the security guy will be harassed by the moonbats!

  • aharon bernstein

    This is relevant to the story:

    *Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and 2010 Olympics*

    While traveling to Vancouver, Canada to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.


  • betty grable

    Interesting that actual family members of Beinin are among those who would be murdered by the Arabs if Israel actually implemented the policies being demanded by Comrade Beinin!

  • kafir4life

    If that were to happen, no problem. This idiot would use his family's murders by the devout followers of the murdering pedophile “prophet” mohamandcheese as anti-Israel propaganda. After all, if those pesky joooooos weren't there, there would be no reason to kill them, now would there?

  • solemnman

    Beinin?Beinin??Never heard of him.There are so many of his sort-especially in Israel.Who can keep track of them?I know the Saudis have shelled out huge sums(twenty million each) to keep these lower life forms employed in just about every grasping ivy league institution of propaganda probagation but -how much did Stanford get?

  • BS77

    IN his former life, Beinin was a kapo, gleefully following Nazi orders to push his family on a death train to the death camps. Beinin, Finkelstein, Chomsky and all the rest are poseurs….pretending to be Marxist “intellectuals” and “idealistic leftist journalists and moralist” when what they are: neurotic, self loathing bugs and roaches…always campaigning against their people, Israel, the US with a hatred that is pathological and unfounded in reality. Their entire existence is given over to complaining, criticizing, hating and despising themselves and Israel….they do nothing constructive, give nothing to charity, do nothing to improve the world but whine and cry over their spoiled selves. They align themselves with the most hideous and appalling causes and individuals…fortunately, in time they will be forgotten completely as non entities, without any sustained influence. Actually I never heard of this Beinin moron…and hope i never do again.

  • BS77

    Right betty, I can just see Beinin pleading for his life in Yemen or Sudan, Somalia or Iran….his “dream” countries.

  • Steven L

    I never heard about this individual!
    Who does he think he is?

  • USMCSniper

    Smanuel Winston describes Benin and his kind well.

    “Within the Jewish people there are those who wish to remember and those who do not. Those who do not, dislike (or hate) their heritage with such intensity, they will do everything in their power to erase it. This then is what those called the “Left” wish to do. Therefore, their present effort to teach revised history and, through the children, blank out their National Memory is a crime of major proportions. I cannot think of another race or culture where their descendants taught elimination of their past.

    Only an aberrant segment of our Jews who cannot abide our ancient religion, its lore and the obligations of restraint it has put upon us has chosen to corrupt and then eliminate our memory. They are dedicated to consigning the pillars of our past, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David and the Prophets to the junkyards of history as fables and myths . They wish to cast the heroic re-birth of Israel as a 'shameful' mistake. Underlying this process is the theory: if we were no longer identified by ourselves and the world as Jews, the unrelenting pursuit of the Jewish people (no longer Jewish) would cease.

    Politicians and professors who hate their Jewishness and hate even more The Jewishness of others are thought criminals of the mind. They steal the thoughts of children and guide them into channels where feelings of inferiority and contempt for their forefathers are the replacement.

    These Leftist Jewish professors and politicians aren't very deal different from their Palestinian Arab neighbors. They, too, have re-written their text-books to fit their hostile aberrant mind-set and the delusions of revenge they wish the children to fulfill for them. Their curriculum instructs the children that Jews are evil and must be eliminated. Strange, isn't it? Arab professors allied with Arab politicians are preparing The minds of their children to despise and kill Jews throughout their adult life, while Jewish professors are teaching the very same thing – to despise the Jewishness in the Jews themselves.”

  • Irwin Ruff

    USMCsniper makes just one mistake: assuming that if all Jews convert, there will no longer be any anti-Semitism. The history of the converos in Spain show this as a fallacy. After 1492 the only “Jews” who were allowed to remain in Spain were those who had converted to Christianity. However, this did not eliminate discrimination to any extent. The only difference was that instead of discriminating against Jews, the “Old Christians” were now discriminating against the “New Christians”. A rose by any other name…

  • David

    I frequently travel to Israel. Every time I arrive or depart from Ben Gurion I'm pulled aside and questioned by security. I'm a 62 year old Jewish man whose family has all deceased. The reason I'm pulled aside is I'm traveling alone with carry on luggage. The questions are always the same: May I see your Passport. Do I have relatives in Israel? What's the purpose of my trip. How long to I plan to stay in Israel? Where am I staying in Israel? Are you Jewish? What's the name of the my Shul in America? What's the Rabbi's name. Where did I grow up? What is the name of the Shul there? Who was the Rabbi? Last May when I was leaving Israel; again after answering all these questions and having the luggage x-rayed, I proceeded to the check-out counter just as I was about to check-in I was pulled out of line by two serious looking security men. Once again I was questioned for awhile. The security men were very professional. They thanked me for my time and wished me a nice trip home. I thanked them for being so thorough so that I wouldn't be fish food.

    To Mr. Beinin get a life.

  • andyFree

    Isn't it wonderful how, when hard-line Israel-firsters are accused of silencing a US-firster, the Zionist response includes “no one at all from the local Jewish Community had even spoken with anyone at that school” – as if the Jews are the natural people to take the blame for this abrogation of the First Amendment.

    And yet, if a patriotic American made the same linkage between the Jews and infringement of liberty, he'd be immediately (and probably rightly) accused of antisemitism.

    If it was hatred of Jews that drove this pro-Israel lobby, it would make a lot of sense.

  • odl002

    They align themselves with the most hideous and appalling causes and individuals…fortunately, in time they will be forgotten completely as non entities, without any sustained influence.

  • WTF_Idiots

    F**k Israel, and f**k you too Whoreowitz

  • EccoLa100

    Beinin continues to be a shanda and a blot on the reputation of Stanford University. As a Stanford alum with a few PoliSci degrees, I burned with shame the time I listened to Joel Beinin lecture for an alumni event. He contravened multiple scholarly professional norms and standards in order to engage in pseudo-intellectual propaganda (e.g. he quoted out of context, misused maps, refused to entertain any data which contradicted his thesis – and shamelessly told us he would refuse to do so) I won't give Stanford a penny while this ideologically-driven hack is maintained as a tenured faculty member. Beinin is indicative of the denigration of quality in higher ed at even elite institutions.

    By the way, Israeli security is the best in the world. El Al agents ask similarly mundane questions. Beinin is either a world class naif, or is willfully ignoring the fact that security agents are trained to ask mundane questions in order to observe the involuntary physical responses that accompany the answers and may indicate lying, stress, nervousness, etc. The combination of Beinin's narcissism and his ideological agenda force him to whinge about work-a-day treatment in Israel. What an embarrassment this man is to Stanford and to academia in general.

  • Lev

    Plaut –
    Beinin routinely travels to countries that happen to be at war with Israel..
    This is a lie.

    and has visited Iran, which happens to be officially on record as calling for the annihilation of Israel and its population.
    When Beinin visited Iran, Israel and Iran enjoyed warm relations.
    Plaut's version is a distortion.

    Joel Beinin, the Israel-hating pro-Hamas…
    That is a subjective observation. Where does Beinin ever say he is pro-Hamas? Where has Beinin EVER written, or said he hates Israel?

    Most passport inspectors at Tel Aviv airport, by the way, are teenage girls.
    Really? This is also a lie. ALL passport inspectors are police officers. Teenage girls in Israel are either in school, in the army, or religious, meaning they are certainly not in the army – more likely in the kitchen, but that is another story.

    Plaut – I do not agree with Beinin, however you seem to be the one who is whinning, using inuendo, juxtaposition, quotes and situations taken out of context, and outright lies to make your point. I would subscribe to a better paradigm – take the middle path. This advice was offered by the Rambam. I suggest you take it as well. Then your screed would be more credible.

    From my point of view you and Beinin are of ther same cloth, using language in masque and gavel oratory technique to obfusicate what is a complicated issue for your own self-gratification.

    Israel does not need Beinin. Nor you.