About The Hamas Demonstrations

Hat tip: Anna

Phyllis Chesler is what I would describe as a politically incorrect (and somewhat right-leaning) feminist. She’s an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s studies, and an author. A few years ago, I read her book Woman’s Inhumanity To Woman, which was about the cruelty of women towards each other, which was always (according to her) a taboo subject for feminists. I liked how she set out to explore a topic that is widely known but seldom written about. However, I thought the ending of the book was weak, in that she didn’t seem to offer any real solutions on how to curb such behavior. (At least I don’t remember what she recommended at the end.)

Unlike the mainstream American feminists, Chesler has always been very vocal in speaking out against the abuses women face in Islamic countries. For that, she deserves kudos.

Anyway, Chesler has her own blog on the Pajamas Media web site, where she has recently written about the pro Hamas demonstrations going on across the country. Here’s some of her commentary:

Demonstrators did not systematically and professionally take to the streets in America during the genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda, or currently, in Darfur, Sudan. Crowd-mobs did not do so to protest the public gang rapes of women in Congo or elsewhere. Feminists groups have not systematically and professionally marched against the continued stoning of women and the torture and murder of their feminist counterparts in the Islamic world.

Few demonstrators marched and continued to march when Israeli civilians were blown up in pizza parlors, discotheques, hotels, on buses, and in their own homes. Yes, there were some large pro-Israel demonstrations but never filled with hate, never ready to physically confront or to kill anyone.

Mob-demonstrators marched only when Israel fought back. They called the “Security Fence” the “Apartheid Wall.”

What we are looking at here is very clear. The long-term Saudi funding of mosques and Middle East Institutes in America; the increasing radicalization of Islam; the over-the-top indoctrination of students by professors and of the masses by the media which has led to the belief that America and Israel are existentially evil and that jihadic terrorists are “freedom fighters” for the Great Good; the Palestinian use of the media to tell really Big Lies coupled with the media’s willingness to be misled; the penchant for street theatre as self-expression and a form of fascist-anarchic politics–all roads lead to Gaza in America today.

Now speaking of street theater, the blogress over at The Urban Grind covered last night’s Manhattan protest. She has a bunch of pictures of the Islamos and their sympathizers in their full keffiyeh/nazi regalia. Also, Pam at the Vigilant Squirrel Brigade has more photos and videos.

Also, if any of you are wondering why Israel decided to fight back NOW, after being bombarded with rockets for months, here’s what I think. They’re trying to get as much done as possible, while Bush is still the President, because they know that Obama and his hostile to Israel advisors won’t stand for this kind of thing.


11 responses to “About The Hamas Demonstrations

  1. Just as an fyi – I tipped off the owner/moderator of this blog to Chesler’s recent piece in Pajamas Media. I did not write the intro or any of the text on this thread. All of that credit goes to this blog’s owner/moderator. And, finally, thanks to the moderator of this blog for all he does on behalf of Jewish voices.

  2. Re: the last comment on this thread….hhmmmmm. If that theory were correct, then Israel would have acted sooner, not later, since later only gives them less time before Obama is sworn in. That said, I do believe that the perspective that Obama will be no friend to Jews nor supportive of Israel in all of the ways such support is needed, is right on the money. I fear for our future in 2009.

  3. Anna, I see where you’re coming from. However, you seem to believe that Israel’s government is acting in good faith and sincerely wants to put a stop to the rockets and other terror attacks against her citizens. I don’t think that’s the case at all. The Israeli government is still hell-bent on giving up land, ethnically cleansing Jews from their homes, and appeasing her Arab neighbors. If they were at all serious about putting a stop to the terror, they would have either paid those Arabs money to leave the territories, or they could have turned Gaza into a giant parking lot. But they have not done so.

    Therefore, I predict that Israel will continue with pinprick, precision strikes for another week or two, and then will bow to international pressure and the Jew hating, terrorist loving media, and retreat with her tail between her legs just like they did with Hezbollah in 2006. Ehud Ohlmert and Tzipi Livini will then turn to the Israeli people and say “See? We did as much as we could to fight against Hamas. But as you can see, a military response alone will not bring us peace. Therefore we must go back to the negotiating table, and be prepared to give up more land, and release more prisoners from our jails.”

    I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

  4. Also Anna, thank you for the kind words.

  5. No, jtf, you’re not wrong. There is a suicidal component in the Jewish psyche. Maybe it’s post-Holocaust survivor’s guilt, or maybe it’s identifying with the agressor. Who knows?

    Anyway, I came to wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

  6. Thank you Mary. I wish you a happy healthy New Year as well.

  7. At first sight, I just reckoned those demonstrations should have emanated from some supposedly pissed-off Arab city like Damascus or Beirut… but I was even more surprised to come to know that such towel-heads or walking mailboxes hailed from a mighty nation called the US of America!

    Many wanted change and this is the change Obama promised! What next? Burning American and Israeli flags right in front of the White House? Just like we’ve got our peaceful ‘Little Italy’, ‘Little India’, ‘ChinaTown’ in the US, why not have our ‘Little Gaza’ for a change?

  8. JVP statement on Gaza attacks

    December 28, 2008

    Jewish Voice for Peace joins millions around the world, including the 1,000 Israelis who protested in the streets of Tel Aviv this weekend, in condemning ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza. We call for an immediate end to attacks on all civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli.

    Israel’s slow strangulation of Gaza through blockade has caused widespread suffering to the 1.5 million people of Gaza due to lack of food, electricity, water treatment supplies and medical equipment. It is a violation of humanitarian law and has been widely condemned around the world.

    In resisting this strangulation, Hamas resumed launching rockets and mortars from Gaza into southern Israel, directly targeting civilians, which is also a war crime. Over the years, these poorly made rockets have been responsible for the deaths of 15 Israelis since 2004.

    Every country, Israel included, has the right and obligation to protect its citizens. The recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza shows that diplomatic agreements are the best protection for civilian life.

    Moreover, massive Israeli air strikes have proven an indiscriminate and brutal weapon. In just two days, the known death toll is close to 300, and the attacks are continuing. By targeting the infrastructure of a poor and densely populated area, Israel has ensured widespread civilian casualties among this already suffering and vulnerable population.

    This massive destruction of Palestinian life will not protect the citizens of Israel. It is illegal and immoral and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. And it threatens to ignite the West Bank and add flames to the other fires burning in the Middle East and beyond for years to come.

    The timing of this attack, during the waning days of a US administration that has undertaken a catastrophic policy toward the Middle East and during the run-up to an Israeli election, suggests an opportunistic agenda for short-term political gain at an immense cost in Palestinian lives. In the long run this policy will benefit no-one except those who always profit from war and exploitation. Only a just and lasting peace, achieved through a negotiated agreement, can provide both Palestinians and Israelis the security they want and deserve.

  9. Thanks for the link, Anna, but I just couldn’t get through the article. It’s as if the leaders of Israel are all determined to put their country out of existence.

  10. Jtfdotorg – Yes, these are really scarey times. Anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiments are becoming increasingly public, organized, tolerated, supported, seen all around the world. And Israel herself seems not to have the vision or conviction to defend herself. With Obama about to be sworn in, I only fear things will further deteriorate.

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