Another unfortunately familiar story of professorial dhimmitude, courtesy Alyssa Lappen at FrontPage (thanks to EPG):
He denounces American “imperialism” on Al-Jazeera Television. A former Zionist, he refers to jihadist suicide bombers as “martyrs.” He praised Mideast scholars for ignoring the issue of terrorism, and he regularly repeats the most twisted and paranoid claims of Islamist regimes as though they were historical fact. He is Stanford Middle East history professor Joel Beinin, and his influence extends far beyond his classroom.
If one individual can showcase all the flaws of Middle East Studies in academia, Joel Beinin is that man. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association, Beinin teaches Middle East history at Stanford University. This professor’s politics color his work; the result is mediocre scholarship, baseless conspiracy theories, and partisan classroom instruction.
Beinin’s biography reads like a parody of an American radical. Born in 1948 to Labor Zionist parents, he experienced an ideological transformation at age 22 while living on Kibbutz Lahav. Beinin joined the “New Left” at Hebrew University, then migrated to Trotskyite anti-Zionism and finally to Maoism. A Marxist ever since, he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Michigan respectively. He has received Ford Foundation funds, and has taught in France, Britain, Israel and Egypt.
Beinin and his wife Miriam support the Jewish Voice for Peace, a Bay area group and reported Palestinian front. The professor appears regularly on radical Radio Pacifica, although he refuses many local invitations to legitimate debate. Beinin blames the United States for major problems facing the Middle East, and he attributes U.S. actions to aggression and ill will.
That sounds like someone else I know. Read it all.