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June 12, 2012 9:23 am

No Synagogue Should Host Peter Beinart

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"Open Zion" Editor Peter Beinart. Photo:

In mid-March, I wrote an article entitled “Peter Beinart Represents Zionism Like a Black KKK Member Represents African-Americans” and nearly three months later, it seems to be acknowledged among many across the Jewish political spectrum that Peter Beinart has a very limited following. In what may come as news to the uber-liberal academia, three Knesset members I spent time with this week weren’t familiar with what BDS stood for, and had no clue who Beinart was.  Beinart, outside of the liberal elite media world of New York is basically a non-entity.

Despite all the media attention he has received, his book hasn’t sold well at all, and Beinart is so far outside the pale that even Jeremy Ben-Ami, the head of J Street – the liberal Jewish advocacy group  – would not endorse his boycott. Today articles about him carry headlines like: “The Peter Beinart conversation is over” (Politico), and “The Peter Beinart article to end them all (literally),” (Tablet).

Want to know how far outside the consensus this man is? According to a New Yorker profile on him, even President Obama, who some have deemed the least pro-Israel president ever, acknowledged the extent of Beinart’s opposition, “As [Obama] talked to Beinart, according to those who were within earshot, the president had a message for the embattled author: ‘Hang in there.'”

Why would any synagogue or Jewish organization host him? and why The Daily Beast deems it appropriate to allow the ongoing publication of his extremist blog which hardly has a following within the Jewish community, is beyond me. They wouldn’t feature a blog by an African American journalist who pontificated on why affirmative action should be abolished, civil rights legislation overturned, and minorities exempt from unemployment benefits.

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The great Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky put it so very clearly many years ago, saying about people like Beinart: “What interest can the Jewish nation have in individuals whose supreme pride consists in the fact that they have renounced their own people?” This clearly rings true today.

Beinart does not represent the Jewish community any more than a black member of the KKK would represent African-Americans. Peter – Why don’t you pack your bags up and move far away and be quiet? You have damaged the Jewish state and Jewish people enough already.

P.S. My offer still stands, to make a six figure payment to you if you will speak in three Middle Eastern Arab countries as well as Gaza, in open, advertised forums including Mosques and Universities. Not surprisingly you haven’t responded.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR, a top 25 US PR Agency.

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