Peter Beinart should be intellectually honest enough to admit that he erred about Palestinian incitement.
On January 15, [notorious Jewish Israel-basher] Peter Beinart declared that Palestinians who hate Israel never claim that they were inspired by anti-Israel incitement.
Just six days later, on January 21, a Palestinian who stabbed twelve Israelis on a Tel Aviv bus said he was inspired by "radical Islamic broadcasts."
Beinart is a CNN commentator, a columnist for Haaretz, and a fellow at a liberal think think, the New America Foundation. He made a splash in 2012 in the Jewish world with his book The Crisis of Zionism, in which he called for a boycott of Israelis who reside in areas beyond the pre-1967 armistice line.
Appearing on the "Voice of Israel" radio show on January 15, Beinart attempted to explain Palestinians hatred of Israel and Jews. Here's what he said:
"I know a lot of Palestinians who hate Israel, in fact I would say almost all the Palestinians I know hate Israel, but when I ask them why they hate Israel, and I've talked many, many, many times with people about this, they don't mention textbooks, or movies, or names of streets that have terrorists on them…But what they tell me, what I hear about, again and again and again, is the personal trauma and suffering that they and people they love have experienced."Hamza Matrouk, the 23 year-old Palestinian who stabbed and slashed a dozen Israeli bus passengers in Tel Aviv, told the police that he was motivated in part by "radical Islamic broadcasts that spoke of 'reaching paradise'. 'He said he decided to achieve that by carrying out an attack,' a police spokesman said."
A friend of Matrouk's told the Palestinian news service Maan that the night before the attack, "Hamza and I hung out with friends in the camp until 11 p.m. and we had fun. He was laughing and kidding." Strange--no hint of all the "trauma" and "suffering" that Peter Beinart thinks is what motivates Palestinian haters and terrorists....
... The Tel Aviv stabber has slashed to pieces Beinart's attempt to minimize the role of Palestinian incitement. Beinart should [acknowledge his error].