Did Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin Lie About Her Injuries?

Over a month ago, Code Pink founder Meda Benjamin was detained in Egypt on route to Gaza. She claimed Egyptian police broke her arm.

At the time, Code Pink issued a press release describing what had happened.

On the night of March 3, 2014, co-founder of the peace group CODEPINK Medea Benjamin was on her way to Egypt to join an international delegation of women going to Gaza when she was detained by border police in the Cairo airport, held overnight in a cell, and then brutally tackled (her arm badly injured), handcuffed, and deported to Turkey. During her time in the detention cell she had access to a cell phone, from which she contacted colleagues at CODEPINK about the poor conditions of the cell and chronicled her ordeal via Twitter. When the Egyptian police removed her from the detention center, they used such excessive force she sustained a fracture and torn ligament in her shoulder.

Calling from Istanbul, Benjamin gave the following statement: “I was brutally assaulted by Egyptian police, who never said what I was being accused of. When the authorities came into the cell to deport me, two men threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, pulled my shoulder out of its socket and handcuffed me so that my injured arm was twisted around and my wrists began to bleed. I was then forced to sit between the two men who attacked me on the plane ride from Cairo to Istanbul, and I was (and still am) in terrible pain the whole time.” Doctors in the Cairo airport said she was not fit to travel because of her injury, but the authorities forced her to board anyways.

A little over a week later, Benjamin described how she was injured as follows:

At 8am, 5 plain-clothed men with handcuffs came into the cell, looking very ominous. One said, “Come with us, we’re putting you on a plane and deporting you.” I was scared to go with them and I had just received a message that someone from the US Embassy was just ten minutes away. I politely asked if I could wait for an embassy official or if I could call the Foreign Ministry to straighten out what must be a miscommunication.

Instead, the men grabbed me, threw me on the ground, put their knees into my back, yanked my arms back so violently that I heard the pop of my arm coming out of my shoulder, and put two sets of handcuffs on me. I was screaming from the pain so they took my scarf, stuffed it in my mouth, and dragged me through the halls of the airport to a waiting Turkish Airline plane.

I was in such agony from a dislocated shoulder—you could see the bone just sticking up in the air—that the airline personnel refused to let me on and insisted that the Egyptians call an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, the doctor immediately gave me a shot to ease the pain and insisted that I had to go to the hospital. By this time there were about 20 men on the tarmac, arguing about what to do with me while the Turkish plane with 175 people on board was prevented from taking off. After about an hour of fighting, the Egyptian security prevailed: I was not allowed go to the hospital but was forced to board the plane, with the two men who most abused me sitting on either side of me.

As soon as we were in the air, the stewardess asked if there was a doctor on the plane. Finally, a stroke of luck! Not only was there a doctor, but he was an orthopedic surgeon. He created a makeshift operating bed in the aisle of the plane and got the stewardesses to assist. “Usually I’d put you out before doing this, so I warn you this will be painful,” he said as he manipulated my arm back into its socket. Once we got to Turkey, I went to a hospital for further treatment before flying back home. My doctors here say it will take months of physical therapy before I can recover full use of my arm.

Notice the discrepancies in both accounts. While Benjamin initially claimed the Egyptians stomped on her back, she later described them as putting knees in her back. Furthermore, her injury was initially described as “a fracture and torn ligament in her shoulder”, while later she mentions only a dislocated shoulder.

This would seem to indicate the telling of some (Code) pink porky pies. Which is the theory of this GatewayPundit post from around the time.

Three days after she claimed to have been brutally attacked, stomped on, her arm ripped out of its socket and ligaments torn by Egyptian authorities trying to deport her from theCairo aiprport, Susan ‘Medea’ Benjamin appeared to be miraculously healed as shown on a video of an interview recorded Friday.

Benjamin, leader of the terrorist support group Code Pink, spoke to Bill Hughes at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The camera shot is tight from the shoulders up. Benjamin looks quite healthy. No scabs, no bruises, no swelling, no torn scalp, no broken teeth. When the camera pulls back to show her torso, her left arm which she claimed was broken, dislocated and had ligaments torn, is seen free of any sling, cast, or means of support. Benjamin is wearing two pullover shirts, meaning she had to lift her arms to get dressed. She does however hold her left arm folded against her abdomen.

Benjamin claimed in a Code Pink press release on Tuesday that in addition to her other claimed wounds, her wrists bled from two sets of handcuffs being placed on her too tightly. The video at 2:20 shows both wrists. Neither wrist is swollen or scabbed. Her left wrist has a wristwatch on it.

And in yet another indication she was likely lying, Benjamin posted this photo on Facebook a few days ago.

medea benjamin ski

Now recall her original claim:

My doctors here say it will take months of physical therapy before I can recover full use of my arm

Yet here she is, less than a month later, trekking through a forest on snow shoes!

Not only that, but a little over a week earlier, she was complaining that her shoulder and arm still hurt her every day, and of waking up in pain during the night.

I do believe what we have here is yet another example of a lying BDSHole.

Which is not such a stretch given that morally bankrupt individuals tend to lie.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media