I went to a feminist gathering and a pogrom broke out.
Well, not me, but Phyllis Chesler:
The next National Women’s Studies Association annual meeting will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 13-16, 2014 and is aptly named “Feminist Transgressions.” Indeed, the conference itself is “transgressive” in that it minimizes the cause of women to focus, yet again, on the cause of Palestine, aka the destruction of Israel.
This is only the latest, among many other examples, of the way in which Women’s Studies—an idea which I pioneered so long ago–has been Stalinized and Palestinianized.
This point can’t be made strongly enough. The so-called Palestinian movement is a creation—a creation of the Soviet Union (hence the Left, which follows sheep-like Stalin and his heirs) to undermine Western influence in the Middle East, and a creation of Arab nationalists (also Stalin-influneced) to create a state for a people they never acknowledged or empowered when they ran the place. Therefore, all disciplines occupied by the Left (feminism, academia, human rights and social justice, etc.—even American Jewry!) are infected with antisemitism at their very core. A sheep may not believe it has anthrax, may fervently wish that it didn’t, may try to blame the victim of its deadly disease for suffering from it and blowing the whole thing out of proportion—but it doesn’t change the truth.
The sheep (literal and metaphoric) are diseased, mangy, and decrepit. Sorry, Phyllis honey, where were you? (There’s irony for you—a guy interrupting a dame!)
The Plenary is titled: “The Imperial Politics of Nation-States: U.S., Israel, and Palestine.” The speakers are Brandeis graduate Angela Davis, the well-known (former) communist, former associate of the Black Panther Party, and recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize.
Again with the butting in, but it’s my blog. How many lies and oxymorons are there in that one tiny paragraph? Lenin “Peace” Prize? How can you award someone a nullity? And what is that fictitious entity, “Palestine” doing among the actual nation-states of America and Israel? Not to mention I very much doubt she’s a former Communist. I even very much doubt she’s still alive.
How many other feminists did it take to screw in a light bulb?
Next up at the Plenary is Dr. Islah Jad of Birzeit University. Dr. Jad may be a true feminist, but she is mainly dedicated to the development of Palestinian women and Palestinian nationalism. She does not study or advocate for non-Arab or non-Muslim women in the region. Further, her work does not seem to focus on honor killings, honor related violence, forced marriage, forced face veiling, polygamy, arranged marriage, feminist development under an Islamist totalitarian and apartheid regime—all burning issues on the “West Bank” and in Gaza. Instead, some of her articles are titled: “The Conundrums of Post-Oslo Palestine: Gendering Palestinian Citizenship” and “Islamist Women of Hamas: Between Nationalism and Feminism.”
“Gendering Palestinian Citizenship” might be the most nonsensical non-sequitur I’ve ever read. “Plucking Venusian Crockpots” has more meaning.
But that can’t be all the anti-Hebreic hotties we have to hear from. In feminism, two’s company, three’s a symposium:
Finally, we come to none other than Rebecca Wilkomerson, who is the executive director of the infamous anti-Israel “peace” group, the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). This is a U.S. based organization which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement.
According to the NGO Monitor, the JVP has “actively promoted the central dimensions of the political warfare strategy against Israel which was adopted at the 2001 Durban NGO Forum. This ‘Durban strategy’ includes the tactics of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), a sustained campaign of demonization such as accusations of ‘apartheid’ and ‘racism,’ and support of a ‘Palestinian right of return’ with the ultimate goal of dismantling Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”
Well, isn’t that special? And what do all these women’s libbers have in common (besides a big mouth)?
These three speakers–Davis, Jad, and Wilkomerson–and their organizations are not interested in women, per se, nor are they interested in real gender and religious apartheid as practiced in the Arab and Muslim world. They are not really interested in racism, at least not if anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are also considered racism, which they surely are.
For years, my people–the Women’s Studies professors, students, and programs–have been more concerned with the alleged occupation of Palestine than with the occupation, world-wide, of women’s bodies. Israel has been falsely accused, non-stop, of precisely those crimes that are endemic to the Arab and Muslim worlds: barbaric misogyny, gender and religious apartheid, female genital mutilation, honor killings, and a host of other crimes.
Long-time readers will recognize Bloodthirsty Liberal’s Law: Israel is invariably accused of the very crimes of which it is in fact a victim.
And now the frosting on the cake:
When feminist and anti-Islamist hero Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to leave Holland, not a single Women’s Studies program offered her a perch. Only the conservative American Enterprise Institute did so. Most recently, the drive to dis-invite Hirsi Ali at Brandeis was spearheaded by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
For some time, some feminist marchers have waved the Palestinian flag and worn Arab headdresses in various demonstrations. (They don’t have it right, though, because they wear Arab male keffiyahs. Were they marching anywhere between Cairo and Kabul, they’d be wearing burqas, headscarves, veils.)
There’s more at the link, obviously, but that’s more than enough out of them. As Bill Clinton whispered to Ted Kennedy of Barack Obama, they should be getting us coffee.