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What the MSM Isn’t Telling You About Medea Benjamin’s Tweet-Fest in Egypt

CodePink co-founder's tweets from a Cairo holding cell only touch the tip of the iceberg.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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March 5, 2014 - 2:17 pm

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Here’s what the mainstream media has failed to report in its coverage of Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin’s mad-tweets about being detained overnight in a Cairo holding cell.

According to Israel National News, the organization Stop the ISM has taken responsibility for getting Benjamin deported from Egypt:

The news wires were all abuzz today with the report that Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was deported from Egypt on trying to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing. Stop the ISM, a division of DAFKA.org was responsible for this.

Upon learning that Benjamin was planning a trip to Gaza under the ruse of bringing lanterns to the Palestinian Arabs, our agency contacted the Egyptian embassy in Washington D.C.  and alerted them to her plans. The result was  Egyptian officials met her airplane when she arrived and immediately arrested her.

…Benjamin’s arrest and deportation show a serious shift in Egypt’s relationship with Hamas since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi from that country. Only days ago, Egypt closed the Hamas office in the country and put out a clear signal that Egypt recognizes that the threat from Hamas extremists poses just as much of a threat to stability in Egypt as elsewhere in the Middle East.

Benjamin is part of the ISM network in the United States and was involved in several excursions to Gaza where her NGO’s would bring support to the Hamas terrorist leadership in Gaza.

Egypt is to be commended for finally putting a stop to this woman’s penchant for encouraging aid to a terrorist organization and disguising that aid as “humanitarian work.”  In any case, her arrest and removal by the Egyptian authorities is the first concrete step taken toward reining in Hamas in Gaza.

Hamas has been aligning itself more and more with Iran, also increasingly supported by Benjamin, so that she is seen as posing a security concern for Egypt.

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That’s right, you read correctly: In an anti-Muslim Brotherhood move, the new Egyptian government has banned Hamas activity and seized the terror organization’s office and assets within Egypt.

The relationship between Egypt and Hamas reached a new nadir yesterday with a court decision to ban the movement’s activity in Egypt and seize its offices and assets. This is one step before declaring Hamas a terrorist organization, which is how the Muslim Brotherhood is designated.

…the ruling is a significant statement that undermines the movement’s legitimacy in Egypt, and reflects the Egyptian public’s mindset since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime, whose leadership is accused of conspiring with Hamas against the state. Blocking Hamas’ access to Egypt is considered a legitimate response, and part of the military’s struggle against terrorism in Sinai, despite the perception that Hamas is now the primary resistance force against Israel.

It’s no wonder that Hamas spokesmen yesterday accused the court and the Egyptian government of defending Israel’s interests and cooperating with Israel against “the interests of the Palestinian people.”

No less important is the closure Egypt has imposed on the Gaza Strip, which includes a very partial opening of the Rafah crossing (only three days every two weeks) and the refusal to allow Egyptian solidarity missions into the Strip. Egypt is thus complementing the Israeli blockade on Gaza, which, together with the destruction of the smuggling tunnels that served to transfer goods and cash into the Strip, is putting the Hamas regime on the brink of bankruptcy.

Benjamin was detained and deported because the Egyptian government viewed her as a supporter of a terrorist movement, or, as Benjamin put it: “It was like I was a terrorist.” A terrorist who claimed to be roughed up, despite being permitted to keep her backpack and cell phone on her in the holding cell so she could live-tweet about the rotten dinner.

Too bad she didn’t tweet the terrorist remark. Then the American media might have been forced to mentioned it and possibly address why she was detained in the first place: not because she is a woman, or an anti-war activist, or a so-called champion of human rights, or even an American, but because she’s an outspoken supporter of a terrorist organization.

Finally, someone is telling it like it is. No wonder the MSM doesn’t want to report it.

Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.

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That would be a good thing for Israel. Let Egypt take control of, and responsibility for that 360-sq.-km viper pit.
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When I saw that Benjamin was tweeting from a holding cell in Egypt, I thought, "Good place for her."
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So Egypt is willing to do more to help Israel than we are?

Huh, never thought I'd see the day.
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Ms. Goldberg: Just as it is Orwellian to use the word 'liberal' to describe today's leftists, it is equally Orwellian to use the term, MSM, to describe the leftist media. A more appropriate set of initials would be VVP: vile, venal press.
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I prefer "Liar Media." It hits them where they live.
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It should read: Someone pick up my corpse. I was stoned to death. Typical muslims.
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When I saw that Benjamin was tweeting from a holding cell in Egypt, I thought, "Good place for her."
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This could be a stretch, but --
Egypt grabbed the Gaza in 1948 during Israel's first war, the same time that Jordan grabbed the West Bank. Until the 1967 war, maps showed Egypt's borders including Gaza and Jordan's borders including the West Bank -- that's how the "independent Palestinian state" was aborted, not by Israel.
Could Egypt be de-legitimizing Hamas to its own people with an eye toward seizing the Gaza again?
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That would be a good thing for Israel. Let Egypt take control of, and responsibility for that 360-sq.-km viper pit.
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"Hamas has been aligning itself more and more with Iran, also increasingly supported by Benjamin."

Nutty Medea Benjamin also traveled to Iran some years ago, and I wondered at the time which subversive (Soros ?) finances this woman's jaunts around the planet.

Her current sponsor ISM (international solidarity movement) is the same crowd that enlisted naive Rachel Corrie to go to Gaza where she ended up trying to wave off an Israeli bulldozer that was destroying smuggling tunnels.

Benjamin and Corrie, both, apparently willingly, used as dupes
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HA HA! See? Peace IS possible in the Middle East when Arabs and Jews work together in the interest of peace and harmony!

The only drawback to this incident is that M'dea the Pink Turd will probably be deported gently back to the US to torment the good guys another day, rather than be beaten with sticks and never seen again.
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Little by little ... our own country is waking up to the fact that WE are one of the biggest supporters of terrorism via the Muslim Brotherhood and a myriad other terrorist-supporting entities and subversive groups - including our fools in the current administration.
Egypt is taking the correct approach and it definitely IS acting to support Israel; excellent.
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"We" aren't anything of the sort, but our President and his high-level appointees are. Votes matter.
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Egypt is not acting to support Israel.

Hamas is a bigger threat to the military/secular Egyptian government than it is to Israel.
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"Benjamin was detained and deported because the Egyptian government viewed her as a supporter of a terrorist movement, or, as Benjamin put it: “It was like I was a terrorist.”"

ISTR she was one of the people who took money and supplies to al'Qaeda forces fighting the US Marines in Fallujah.
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Thanks for explaining this in detail. It only adds to my enjoyment.
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So Egypt is willing to do more to help Israel than we are?

Huh, never thought I'd see the day.
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Puhleeze. Egypt is acting in it's own interests. The decades when the Gazans were a handy club to use against Israel and the various Palestinian terrorist factions (including, but also long predating Hamas) were armed and cultivated to attack Israelis (google: Fedayeen) are now in the past and Hamas in particular and Palestinians in general are now a serious threat to Egyptian security. If the Israelis found their ashahim and cut off the power, water, food and free medical care to the Gazans you might be amazed at how docile they'd become.
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Exactly! Self interest governs most of what any country does. That it helps Israel is secondary to Egypt's interests.

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