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Convergence

Last updated: April 17, 2009

January 11, 2008


Another example of how much the Israeli academy and in particular social and political sciences have degenerated into pseudo science practiced by people lacking even the minimal decency and common sense.

Published: 12/23/07
by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) A research paper that won a Hebrew University teachers' committee prize finds that the lack of IDF rapes of Palestinian women is designed to serve a political purpose.

The abstract of the paper, authored by doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan, notes that the paper shows that "the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals."

The next sentence delineates the particular goals that are realized in this manner: "In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences - just as organized military rape would have done."

The paper further theorizes that Arab women in Judea and Samaria are not raped by IDF soldiers because the women are de-humanized in the soldiers' eyes.

The paper was published by the Hebrew University's Shaine Center, based on the recommendation of a Hebrew University professors' committee headed by Dr. Zali Gurevitch.

The fact that a research paper of such a low quality was singled out for a prize by Hebrew University teachers' committee says it all. No less astonishing in his lack of logic was the head of the committee contacted by Arutz-7.

"I do not have the entire text in front of me," Gurevitch said, when contacted by Arutz-7, "and I don't think we can jump to conclusions based on partial sentences, but I can say the following: This was a very serious paper that asked two important questions: Is the relative lack of IDF rapes a noteworthy phenomenon, and if so, why is it that there are so few IDF rapes when in similar situations around the world, rape is much more common?"

Of course cases of rape are also virtually unknown among the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this sense the IDF is not very unique to start with. Rape seems to be more characteristic of the tactics used by third world armies and militias such as the Arabs themselves. Neither Israeli men are so massively raping Israeli women. Israel by far is not leading the world in this respect. In this sense the behavior of Israeli soldiers is not very different from their behaviour at home as civilians. So the "two important questions" asked by Gurevich are no questions at all as there is no paradox and nothing out of ordinary here.

Also noteworthy is the attempt by Nitzan to drag Israeli demographic concerns into this:

Nitzan's paper did, however, give much space to the explanation that the Israeli soldiers refrained from rape out of demographic considerations. She explained at length how fearful the Jewish population is of the growing Arab population, and how in cases of wartime rape, the baby is generally assumed to be of the mother's nationality.

Source

Rape is a powerful demographic weapon indeed and is used as such by the Janjaweed in Sudan but precisely for the opposite reason - it's extremely destructive for Muslim demography. According to various activists who've been to Darfur and Chad, men usually avoid venturing outside refugee camps for fear of being killed. Only women go outside and a standard explanation offered for this is that if you are a man and you meet Janjaweed then you'll be killed. If you are a woman you are only raped and left alive. Using this tactic the Janjaweed captured and raped thousands if not dozens of thousands of Darfurian women. If a victim happens to be a virgin girl her chances to ever get married are reduced to zero. If she is a married woman then she is immediately abandoned by the husband. There is no place for victims of rape in this society. (Israeli fans of Darfur and its genocide should pay attention to this minor detail. This is a culture of people you want your country to be hosting here).

Recently some progress has been achieved on this issue in the Arab world but not too much and it was limited to this:


December 31, 2007

AL-AZHAR, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, has said any woman pregnant by rape must abort the baby immediately to maintain "social stability".

"A raped woman must terminate the pregnancy immediately upon learning of the pregnancy if a trusted doctor gives her clearance for the abortion,'' the Islamic Research Council of the Cairo-based institution said.

This would ensure "social stability" (!!! NB), it said.

The independent Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights said two women were raped every hour in this country of 76 million.

Many factors contributed to the increase in sexual harassment including rising unemployment, the huge cost of marriage and the fact that sex outside marriage was forbidden, experts said.

Egyptian law banned abortion except on the grounds of "necessity", which included instances when a woman's life or health was in danger or in cases of fetal abnormality.

Source: Herald Sun

Luckily not all is lost for Israeli academics. A few recent cases of rape of Israeli women by Israeli Arabs show that while the Israeli side appears to be incurably afflicted by stone age racism, on the other side a few people still remain very receptive to the humanistic message of Israeli academy. One can only hope that the future peace deal with the Palestinians will not only include annexation of Israeli Arab territories to the future Palestinian state. It will also provide for the possibility of unilateral separation by Israel from some sections of its academy. Let's call it convergence.


August 1, 2008

Resistance Forever

Tali Fahima, a radical leftist who served two years in prison on charges of aiding the leader the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Jenin, Zakariya Zubeidi (by volunteering to act as his personal human shield against Israeli targeted assassinations), accused him of having become the whore of the Shin Bet security service. This came in the wake of Shin Bet's granting Zubeidi free passage to travel to Ramallah for eye surgery. In an interview to Channel 10, Fahima said, "I refuse to see him and I won't even speak to him."


Fahima added that Zubeidi "talks about his private pleasures, like being able to travel around without an [IDF] drone following him, like the occupation is over, like everything is fine - It was nice to believe in the fairy tale, but there are no fairy tales in the resistance. Zubeidi is a disgrace to the resistance. We are still living under an occupation."

However, Fahima added in a personal jab that Zubeidi "is not a big terrorist. A man who fires bullets into the air is not a big terrorist."

Indeed, Tali never fires bullets into the air. She never fires bullets at anything but targets.

Tali never fires bullets into the air


In response, Zubeidi could produce nothing but lame excuses...


Zubeidi responded to Fahima's remarks, saying "this is the first time in eight years that I've left [the West Bank city of] Jenin. I came to Ramallah to take care of my eyes that were hurt from an explosive device."

"Tali Fahima only experienced a small part of the Palestinian people's problems," he added.

Source: Haaretz

Tali should try her hand at making improvised explosive devices in her kitchen. This will give her a better perspective on the Palestinian people's problems.


April 17, 2009

Lisa Goldman has a couple of cool shots of herself and Tali Fahima in all her glory here and here.

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