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Dershowitz rides shotgun for student attacking Palestinian scholar and his wife in California

By Philip Weiss on March 1, 2011

Bassam Frangieh is an Arabic scholar and translator who teaches at a California college, Claremont McKenna. I imagine that his life is framed by the Nakba; his family was extirpated from Jaffa in 1948; they owned orange groves; he was born in a refugee camp. In 2006, he had the nerve to attack Israel over the 2006 Lebanon invasion and describe Hizbullah as the national resistance.

Now he is being smeared as pro-terrorist by Charles Johnson, a journalist at Claremont McKenna, who published this attack in the National Review, citing the usual fragmentary statements about Hamas and Hezbollah. It includes this McCarthyite pirouette:

Frangieh’s radicalism is shared by his wife, Aleta Wenger. A former State Department official who worked on the Middle Eastern desk, Ms. Wenger is currently director of Claremont’s Center for Global Education and, as such, is the public face of the college overseas. Like her husband, she takes a conspiratorial view of Israel’s military, accusing it, without evidence, of bombing universities and hospitals.

I’ve been to Gaza. I saw the ruins of the gene sequencing building at the Islamic University and of Al Quds Hospital. It is not clear to me who is pushing back, though apparently the Claremont administration is defending Frangieh on free speech grounds.

Johnson devoted a piece to Frangieh’s wife last month, too. And last night he stated in a letter to Claremont McKenna execs that he is getting help from Alan Dershowitz:

I should add that all of the material that I or The Claremont Independent published regarding Professor Bassam Frangieh has been reviewed by my counsel and by Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School. The primary source material that I and The Claremont Independent published was translated by three different translators at considerable personal expense.

In the same piece Johnson says “nearly the entirety of the Government Department” at Claremont McKenna is on his side. I wonder how many of them know the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role it is now playing in American politics…

March 1, 2011 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Deception, Full Spectrum Dominance, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes


  1. I agree, Zionist lies are evil and should be exposed, even more than Mike Rivero’s dishonest anti-Catholic bigotry.

    Comment by OICU812 | March 1, 2011

  2. Hey, if you are going to wear hats like the Catholics do, you are begging to be teased.

    I personally wish they’d add horns to them.

    As for everyone critical of Israel being labeled an anti-semite? Been then, heard it, didn’t want the tee-shirt. Some things just get old. And most people have nothing against the bulk of the semitic-speaking world. Just Israel.

    I think they need to call it something different. After all, they are trying to run a PR campaign to make Israel look better around the world, so why not upgrade the Anti-semite label to something new? Give it a makeover.

    My only suggestion would be getting rid of any reference to Semites as most Jews in Israel are from Europe and Russia and not that region of the world where Semitic-speaking people come from. Just because you speak French, doesn’t make you a Frenchman.

    You could change it to Anti-Israel, but that would just make us happy.

    I would also like them to get rid of Whitey. It too just doesn’t carry any real punch. Would be nice if they brought back Peckerwood or even Cracker. I was too young to get called those in my lifetime, but a good, if strange monicker is hard to come by.

    Comment by Epiphany | March 2, 2011

  3. antiGENTILISM is the cause of so-called “antisemitism”. Humanity did not invent “antisemitism” from thin air, and then wait thousands of years for a Jew to come along so they could “hate” him for absolutely no reason. Jews codified hatred of ALL NON-Jews in their beliefs, as is thoroughly documented elsewhere. Now whenever a NON-Jew acts or speaks in SELF-DEFENSE, the Jews yell “antisemitism”. Jew have to end their HATERED of the rest of HUMANITY, and “antisemitism” will dissipate.

    Comment by Vince | March 2, 2011

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