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Peter Beinart

The City University of New York

Peter Beinart is a Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is known as an active critic of the state Israel, supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, and blames Hamas terrorism on the state of Israel.

Beinart has advocated for the BDS movement to serve as a way to influence Israeli policy making. Beinart has gone so far as to suggest sanctions be put on any products made by Israelis in the West Bank.

While a fierce critic of Israel, Beinart often excuses Islamic terrorism as understandable and morally equivalent counter-reaction to Israel. In fact, he even goes so far in his book, The Crisis of Zionism, to complement the terrorist organization Hamas. He writes, “[Hamas] has in recent years issued several new documents, which are more compatible with a two-state solution.” 

In a viral debate with National Review editor Rich Lowry, Beinart was quick to defend Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar after they had been denied entry into Israel on account for their support of the BDS movement. When Lowry pointed out that each were traveling with known extremist groups that support terrorism, Beinart began frantically shouting over Lowry, claiming that terrorism is only response to the violenct Israel perpetrates.

Recently, Beinart wrote in the New York Times that he no longer believes that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish State.

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