October 10, 2011, - 2:29 pm

“American” Iran Hikers to Berkeley Prof: Stop Callin’ Us Jews, We Hate US, Israel

By Debbie Schlussel

When the far-left, anti-American, anti-Israel “hikers” Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal were caught by Iranians over two years ago, I warned you about them, their hatred for the West, and their work on behalf of Greater Arabia. And when Bauer and Fattal were released after a lot of political pressure from friendly Muslims, they didn’t disappoint, attacking America and calling for the freeing of “political prisoners in America.” But in case there is any doubt about these three, Bauer sent an e-mail to As’ad AbuKhalil, a wacko, anti-Israel, anti-American, Marxist Muslim professor, who taught him at UC-Berzerkely.  (I once went undercover to hear this guy speak, and he’s a total nutjob.) Bauer wants to make sure that everyone knows he and his fiancee, Shourd, are not to be mistaken for those evil JOOOOS and doesn’t want anyone thinking that Fattal, because he’s Jewish by accident of birth, is in anyway associated with the “Evil Zionist Empire.” Here are a few of the choice excerpts, in which Bauer begs Professor AbuKhalil to please accept his bona fides as an America-hater and Israel-hater working on behalf of the greater barbaria that is Arabia. It’s classic.

“Stop Calling Us Jews & Americans; We Hate Both”

Dear As’ad,

I have to say that I am disappointed. Not only was you class one of my favorite’s at UCB, but I even talked up your blog to Josh in prison, and frequently pointed people to it before our arrest.

You say you “heard” that Josh Fattal is an Israeli. Where did you hear this patently false information? Josh is Jewish, not Israeli. People have also said that I, a corn-fed boy from rural Minnesota, am Jewish.
Sarah too. We are not. . . .

Why do people assume that because Josh is Jewish, he is Israeli . . .? Josh is NOT Israeli. Josh’s father is Israeli. Josh is American. . . .

The US engages in “imperialist feminism”. . . . The US government has been on a path of destruction in the Middle East for the past 60-70 years. . . .

Iran arrested the wrong people and they knew it all along. Neither our guards nor our investigators would go so far as to call us spies. None of us are spies. We are the opposite of spies. I have studied Arabic (which I speak fluently) and have spent years in the Arab world with the purpose of exposing injustice, especially but not exclusively the injustices of the US government. Before our arrest, I published a piece in the Nation about a previously unknown US backed death squad titled “Iraq’s New Death Squad” and another in Mother Jones magazine called “Sheikh Down” about US military corruption and use of militias in Iraq. Check these out if you need some evidence of our integrity. . . .

I insist that you correct your factual errors. Josh is not Israeli. Josh is a Jew and Josh is an anti-Zionist.

The voices of nuanced analysis are sadly few, especially in this county [DS: sic]. You have been one of those voices to me. . . .


Shane Bauer

So, when do we ship this al-clown and his two cohorts back to Syria? Not soon enough. As I said back then, we shoulda let ’em rot in Iran.

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Once again, I vomited in my mouth again after reading about another set of morons.

Hitler did not differentiate between Jews who were religious and Jews who denied their culture. The Muslims won’t either.

These morons are typical of Berkely. My question is why taxpayers tolerate an anti-Semitic professor with no reasonable credentials, who, if he spouted anti-Muslim, anti-black, or anti-Hispanic rhetoric, would have been fired long ago.

While our students are learning political bs from a moron like this Muslim professor, the Chinese are learning electrical, mechanical, industrial, and chemical engineering.

Jonathan E. Grant on October 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Jon, if they want to drop out of the Jewish nation, that’s their privilege. Its pointless to keep them by force where they clearly don’t feel at home. Let’s not call them Jews anymore. They made their bed and now they should lie down in it.

    NormanF on October 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Well, the next time they need help, let them rot. A proud Charles Limburgh type Minnesotan. And Josh, you are no cousin of mine. Come not near my children.

      Occam's Tool on October 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

They make Mondoweiss proud. Its too bad we worked so hard for their freedom. They are the last people on earth who appreciate what it truly means to be free and they learned nothing from being captive in Iranian jail. Some people never do take stock where they are in life and choose a new direction.

NormanF on October 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Good article as usual Debbie and once again maam, you’re spot on on what you’re saying. As for these hikers, a few weeks ago I commented on this topic and I said that if these hikers wanted to do any hiking, they ought to hike in the Rocky Mountain states in the “Interior-Western states” or they could’ve hiked in the Appalachia mountains in Kentucky, New York State, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Alabama. Since they hate this great republic of ours, they could’ve atleast hiked in western Canada, there plenty of mountains in that part of Canada. But they decided to hike in Iran for lord knows what, and from the looks of it, I think these three stupid hikers was unaware and very ignorant of the situation going in Iran, with their government being runned by islamist-mullahs, etc.

I won’t be surprised if some trolls come onto this thread and flood it up with their stupidity, anti-semitism (against DS and jewish people in general), etc. like what happend two years ago when Debbie originally linked a story like this on this blog of hers. If that occurs, the trolls might be “Government shill trolls” who troll on blogsites (like this one and many others across the net) and try so hard to contradict what the messenger wrote or use personal attacks against the messenger, etc. And here’s a link that I found on a facebook page last week:


“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on October 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm

When they were first kidnapped, I knew it couldn’t just be an accident that they went into Iran. I think they wanted to prove to the world that nothing would happen if they crossed the border.
I wanted them to be released, though, but after reading this article from Debbie, I wish they’d stay in Iran. They ought to go back and live there.

Margot on October 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I cannot imagine the Israeli Defense Forces even wanting nerds like these in their ranks.

Seek on October 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm

That Shane Bauer may be from Minnesota, but he is by no means corn-fed. I’d like to say more (and worse) but my Christian conscience is keeping me from it.

If you don’t like America, renounce your citizenship and GET OUT!

KerryB29 on October 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    “If you don’t like America, renounce your citizenship and GET OUT!”

    Couldn’t agree with you anymore Kerry, I’m also beginning to think, if these three imbeciles don’t like this country, then they ought to surrender there US citizenship and get the hell out this beautiful country of mines/ours! They could’ve remained in Iran and start a living over there instead.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

All these anti-Jewish Jews ought to be collectively turned over to the likes of Hizbullah, Hamas and Iran, so that the latter can have a field day @ claimimg that they obliterated the Jews. Maybe if they were divvied up b/w the above groups as well as the Muslim Brotherhood & al Qaeda, then these groups could, after they’re done, start fighting each other over who’s the greatest Jew haters, and massacre each other in the process.

Infidel on October 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Bauer, Shourd and Fattal- The Three “Mosque-a-teers”

CornCoLeo on October 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    “The Three ‘Mosque-a-teers'”

    LOL. Nice one.

    I used to think those with different viewpoints really liked their country but just wanted to change it things for what they felt was the better, even if I disareed.

    Nowdays, I see spoiled, smug s.o.b.s that really just do hate the USA, they have no good ideas and certainly should never be put in charge of anything more than lemonade stand (if that). They should get the hell out of our country, all they do here is spread their cancerous ideology to anyone who’ll listen.

    Manny, Moe and Jackass on October 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Now, c’mon, enough of the animosity written against these three university students whyo represented all Americans so well during their recent trials and tribulations.

As a reward for their stalwart endurance, how about having everyone chip-in a few dollars and we can get these three explorers a nice sail boat. I think there is a veritable “Tahiti-like” country in the Northwest upper corner of the Indian Ocean — SOMALIA. It is really like Disney World. It has a treasure trove of PIRATES for their entertainment, seamanship education, and pirate games for their thrilling adventures on the high seas.

Almost makes me wish I could go on a voyage such as that…you too?

Dennis on October 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

far lef liberalism is a mental disorder. Savage was right. Those people are simply diseased.

Ronen Magid on October 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Huh, Josh and Shane, do you not realize that this wacko muz and his compatriots in the ME would gladly decapiate you? As for now you are a useful idiot for the religion of pieces.

jake49 on October 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Great! The three hikers have become the Three Stooges!

Ghostwriter on October 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I hate these three fools with a passion. I was hoping they would never get out. Why anyone would waste any sympathy on these three morons is beyond me. They are patently UNREACHABLE. If you spend all that time in Iran and don’t kiss the USA dirt it shows that you ARE dirt.

I can’t even stomach them. Just horrible. I guess I could get some satisfaction with knowing that the Moooooooslims will go after them FIRST but that still bothers me (not for THEM) because I know how the Mooooslims feel about Jews. All Jews. No matter if you’re a dhimmi or NOT. Chomsky and all the other dhimmi so-called Jews are gonna get hacked before I get hacked by the death cult. I get it. Have no idea why they don’t. Has to be the mental disorder.

And as for the Copts. It is sad BUT just as Scott has alluded to, DS has filled us in on what they are about. Because I know that about them (and know how the Mooooooslims think) they don’t have a chance in hell. It is gonna get more barbaric. They should have flee’d the country when the first part of the so-called “Arab Spring” started. But if they thought their NEW MB Overlords were gonna give them ANY quarter THAT IS WHERE THEY MESSED UP (other than Jew hatred). They should have never sided with them regarding Jews and such. Now some will cry (futile) and others won’t because sometimes you have to reap what you sow. And the tree is gonna get the ax and there is nothing the tree can do to stop it.

Skunky on October 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Debbie, you forgot “not only was you class.” Great grammar in action.

Occam's Tool on October 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

3 more Chomskyites. So one of them got here through a Jewish birth canal. F***’em.

Not Ovenready on October 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Amen, Not Ovenready.

JeffE on October 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Bauer, Shourd and Fattal are TRASHES! Throw them out of the USA!

Bob on October 11, 2011 at 12:38 am

I know you shouldn’t judge people by their looks, but this trio looks like sleezy, Leftist, anti-Americans. And, viola, that’s what they are.

JeffT on October 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks for this gem Debbie. I was pretty sure from the start that these sleazeballs were not what they seemed. Now you’ve confirmed it. They should have been left there to rot.

Naomi R on October 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

One recalls the episode of the BBC’s Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza during the Hamas coup. The propaganda organisation’s mawkish bleatings and interminable coverage effectively distracted attention from the real story. Given the BBC’s history of distortion and prejudice, it remains eminently possible that the taking of Johnston involved connivance, and that the experience of these three individuals, holders of equally clear proclivities, was also a sham, probably to generate goodwill towards the Iranian regime during the recent pantomime, or perhaps to obscure some other muslimperialist shenanigan.

Challah Akhbar on October 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

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