"I know that Flying While Brown has always been a concern. But now Landing While Brown is also frightening." So says Khaled Beydoun, a Muslim who claims he was victimized on and after a Delta flight last week. An interesting detail of the story is that Beydoun is a key "Islamophobia" propagandist: he is "Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project," according to his bio. He is the author of a book entitled American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.
What a coincidence that he would become a victim of "Islamophobia"!
Beydoun claims that he was assaulted by a Delta pilot after being asked to move from a good seat to a bad one, all apparently because of "racism" and "Islamophobia":
Before the assault of the captain: I was asked to move seats before boarding the flight. They said the move was because of an "emergency matter." I agreed, then was moved to a horrible seat where I had to lean into the aisle the whole time.
After the flight, Beydoun wrote on Twitter, he waited to complain to the captain about being bumped from the good seat and "while waiting on the jetway to issue a complaint to the captain, he grabbed me by my neck and told me to 'come here,' shouts at me in front of passengers, **THEN** Calls the POLICE. This is how @Delta treats their Platinum members."
Beydoun saw "Islamophobia" at work in the whole incident. He tweeted:
Although they said it was emergency, it's possible that i was asked to move - from the first seat in at the front of the cabin - because of my name, ethnicity, and/or religion But the captain's hostility turned this from a simple customer complaint into a potential legal matter.
However, the police report gives an entirely different picture.:
Timothy [the Delta pilot, Timothy Hovelsrud] stated Khaled pulled the "race card."...I asked Timothy if he touched Khaled which he stated no he is lying.
Khaled said he was waiting to speak to the pilot in the isle [sic] and the pilot pulled him by his jacket and told him to come here. Khaled stated first it was battery, second it was an assault, and third it was condescending because he was 40 years old.....Khaled refused any type of prosecution for assault.
If the pilot really grabbed Beydoun by his neck, as Beydoun claimed on Twitter, that's assault. Why not press charges?
Anyway, here we have a professor of "Islamophobia" accused of playing the "race card" when he was bumped from first class. I've been bumped from first class for exactly the same reason that he was bumped: the flight attendant's jump seat was malfunctioning and so she needed to take a passenger seat. Was that a noble flight attendant's strike against "Islamophobia"?
One would have to be peculiarly self-obsessed and self-important to think that these kinds of incidents are directed at oneself personally.
Anyway, whose version is more plausible? On the one hand, we have an "Islamophobia" propagandist claiming he was bumped from first class because of "Islamophobia," and then assaulted by an "Islamophobic" Delta captain, to whom the police spoke first when they arrived, because of, you guessed it, "Islamophobia." Despite being assaulted, the "Islamophobia" victim refuses to press charges.
Then, on the other hand, we have a Delta captain saying that the "Islamophobia" propagandist played the "race card" in complaining about being bumped from first class, and further stating that the propagandist lied in saying that the captain had assaulted him.
Which version is more plausible, indeed.
People will see what they want to see here, but there are so many fake "Islamophobic" hate crimes that it isn't hard to believe Khaled Beydoun is a fantasist as well as a crusader (ha) against a fictional evil.
This kind of "coincidence" has happened before. In 2016, Rashid Dar of the Qatar-funded Brookings Institution claimed that he was punched in the throat by a random man on a Washington, D.C., street because he was wearing Muslim garb. What a coincidence that of all the many, many people wearing Muslim garb on the streets of Washington the one that this lout decided to punch was an "Islamophobia" propagandist. And what a coincidence that of all the multitudes of Muslims who fly on airplanes every day, many while wearing Muslim garb, the one that this Delta captain decided to manhandle was a professor of "Islamophobia."
Nonetheless, people will believe Khaled Beydoun. And there will be a new round of handwringing about "Islamophobia" in the establishment media, and new calls for the silencing of all voices critical of jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women and others. Why do "Islamophobia" propagandists keep doing this? Because it works.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.