The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It
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The Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a case concerning the rights of a woman to wear hijab, a headscarf, while working at Abercrombie and Fitch. This case began in 2008, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on behalf of then seventeen-year-old Samantha Elauf and is known asEqual Employment Opportunity Commission vs Abercrombie and Fitch Stores, Inc.
France has banned the burqa (a head, face, and full body covering), as well as the hijab(headscarf); to do so in a religion-neutral way, they chose to ban all other religious insignia in public. In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights upheld the French ban. Other governments (Denmark, Germany, Turkey, Russia, China) have also banned the headscarf in school or in general. Yes, even Turkey– although, paradoxically, it has begun to force more children into religious schools where hijab is mandatory.
In this case, it is our own federal government which has brought the suit against Abercrombie and Fitch, Inc.
My Jewish Feminist Problem
These days, Israel is far too dangerous a word to pronounce in a Western intellectual or social setting. Say it—and you risk uncivil argument.
For example, it's ten months after Sept. 11, and I am having dinner with a friend and colleague of many years. We are talking up the usual storm, laughing a lot, enjoying each other's company when one of us uses the word: "Israel." My friend, an independent and sophisticated thinker stops talking. Suddenly, the air becomes thin. She takes a deep breath. Her tone is no longer light; it has become dark, coarse, mocking.
"Israel?! It deserves exactly what it's getting. And more. And don't think America doesn't deserve what it's getting too."
We are sitting a mile away from Ground Zero in New York City.
"Have you no compassion for the innocent?" I say, shocked by her cold, driven, vehemence.
"Innocent? No one is innocent. We are all guilty. Don't tell me that you would dare to defend the Zionist apartheid state or the multinationals."
China has just banned the burqa (ambulatory body bag and face mask) in the mainly Muslim province of Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi. The government has also banned Islamic head coverings and beards in an effort to contain restive Islamic fundamentalism ("political Islam") from turning into a full-scale Jihad against the state.
"Beijing blames Islamist separatists for several deadly bomb and knife attacks that have killed hundreds of people in the past two years," Reuters notes. According to experts and exiles, China's "heavy-handed policies" may be the cause of ethnic and religious unrest.
A recent study has documented that nearly half (49.8%) of all Liberian women have been genitally mutilated but this practice seems to be decreasing among younger girls. The practice is not considered a crime.
In fact, the Central West African region that practices FGM, especially Liberia and Sierra Leone, are unique in certain ways.
Although the Dutch, Portuguese, and British had trading posts in West Africa, Liberia was first colonized by free American Blacks in the early 19th century. This was an Abolitionist vision, one which President Thomas Jefferson shared. Britain settled the Black Poor of London in Sierre Leone.
The number of taxi rapes and sexual assaults—in which largely immigrant, mainly Muslim drivers have raped or sexually harassed infidel girls and women, have been on the rise in Europe, particularly in England, Sweden, and Germany.
Dear Reader and Supporter:
America is the last country standing in the war between Western Civilization and Barbarism. Israel has been fighting this war for a very long time, and post-9/11 "we all became Israelis." I remain on the front line of what is known as the battle of ideas or as Cognitive Warfare.
I need your support in order to continue this crucial mission, one which I have pioneered.
In the past year, I have taken to the airwaves and the lecture podium to discuss Islamic gender and religious apartheid; terrorism; the rise of anti-Semitism and the demonization of Israel; honor based violence and honor killing; the heroism of those who oppose Islamic fundamentalism; and the chilling of Free Speech and Dissent. You may read my 2014 published work here and see me on TV or hear me on radio here.
My analysis of the Klinghoffer Opera scandal was widely shared as were my many lectures based on An American Bride in Kabul, which was released in paperback in the fall of 2014.
For the first time in history, and in the wake of the December 1st stabbing death of an American teacher in Abu Dhabi by a woman wearing a burqa, Gulf region media are questioning whether the burqa is a security risk.
Historically, other Muslim and Arab governments, as well as feminist activists, have not only questioned the burqa—they have also abolished it.Such countries include Turkey, Egypt, the Maghreb, Iran, and Afghanistan. Educated Muslim women living in large cities in these countries went unveiled for at least 100 years. However, Saudi Arabia and environs, and rural regions in the Arab and Muslim world, have never really abandoned the Islamic Veil. It has now returned with a vengeance across the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of Africa.
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Please share with me these timely reviews and interviews with me about the new Gefen Publishing edition of The New Anti-Semitism. Two television programs will soon air, one in the United States, the other in Canada and as soon as I have the clips I will post them at my website. Here you go:BreitbartChesler's 'The New Antisemitism': A Timely Warning, Renewed by Joel Pollack
In 2003, the liberal feminist Phyllis Chesler published The New Antisemitism. It was partly a reaction to the events of 9/11, partly a protest against the left's anti-Israel posture posture amidst the terror of the second intifada. But it was also the culmination of a lifetime of struggle as Chesler was forced, again and again, to confront the unique bigotry that had been embraced by those she had regarded as comrades in the push for women's rights.
The black burqa'ed figure waited for more than an hour in a woman's toilet—then stabbed the first white blonde infidel American woman who came in to use the facilities six times until she was dead. Then, with the possible help of two other women, the mysterious black burqa'ed figure either smoothly and calmly walked away, or did so in a frenzied fashion (there are conflicting eye witness reports about this). In any event, the killer entered an elevator and disappeared.
Pakistani Muslim Bollywood actress, Veena Malik, her actor husband, Asad Bashir Khan, the owner of the country's largest media group plus the show's host and two guests were all sentenced to 26 years in prison for "blasphemy."
How was "blasphemy" defined?
Malik and her real husband apparently danced and sang as they re-enacted their wedding accompanied by Sufi musicians in a song long associated with the marriage of the prophet Mohammed's daughter.
While Malik believes that they will be exonerated by a higher court, I am not sure I agree with her.
A Muslim Somali man who lives in Minnesota has decided to combat the lure of ISIS in a very creative way. Mohammed Ahmed has created vivid and clear-sighted cartoons at AverageMohamed.com, aimed at children between the ages of 8-16.
Using verses from the Koran, speaking English, Ahmed explains that the Islamic State terrorist group will not lead them to Paradise—but to Hell; that ISIS engages in genocide; that saving one life is equivalent to saving the world; and that taking one life is therefore equivalent to destroying the entire world.
We now know that ISIS and other barbarian Islamic groups use the internet as a recruitment vehicle in order to terrorize their enemies as well as glamorize and normalize their atrocities. While many have decried this fact, Ahmed has decided to do something about it. He wants to create a "counter narrative…which is meant to question, challenge, and agitate minds into not accepting what has been told in the propaganda videos."
Governor Huckabee was his usual gracious and genial self and he "got it" completely in terms of the religious war that has been declared against infidels and against the West. For those who missed it, here is my interview about the recent pogrom in an Israeli synagogue and what it means for all of us..
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THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM--A NEW AND IMPROVED EDITION IS NOW FOR SALE!
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This new edition updates, expands, and strengthens the original analysis and also has a new introduction, resource section, and the answers to the twenty most frequently asked questions.November 20, 2014, an Egyptian doctor, Raslan Fadl, will for the first time in history be sentenced because his 13-year old patient died during a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure; he claims she was allergic to penicillin.
This girl died—but she was probably viewed as among the lucky few who have real physicians perform the mutilation in a clinic, as opposed to a midwife or tribal elder who performs the mutilation on a mud floor and with a rusty knife or razor blade.
We know that this horrendous practice is pandemic in the Middle East and Africa. Some claim that FGM is not an Islamic practice per se but is, rather, an African and tribal practice. Thus, FGM is practiced in Muslim Africa (Egypt, Somalia, Sudan) but also in pagan and Christian Africa, as well as nations that are a mix of Christian and Muslim (Nigeria, Sierre Leone, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Kenya). It is also increasingly practiced in Muslim Indonesia.
I was overwhelmed with gifts last week at the Rockland County Jewish Community Center, gifts of all sorts: a gorgeous gold and diamond bracelet--and even more precious than jewels, was the extraordinary warmth and organizational efficiency of Director Micki Leader and her team together with the unexpected testimony of a former student. She said that I had changed her life way back in 1969 after taking a course with me. She said that I had scared her with my "long black hair and high leather boots" but that my teaching had opened her eyes to a world and set her on her path, one that her small Catholic High School had not envisioned for her.
Bless you Linda Fitzpatrick for speaking out.
And, when I signed books afterwards, another woman told me that when she heard me speak in Rockland County in 1976, she knew she had to go to law school--and she did just that.
Thank you, Leslye M. Schlesinger, for telling me.
I was introduced by my friend and colleague, Dr. Robert (Bob) Brannon, long-time feminist sociologist, and co-founder of Men Against Sexism, and his words were so amazing that I am publishing them.
Introduction of Dr. Phyllis Chesler
Dr. Robert Brannon
March 12, 3014
A Saudi teenager, told she would marry a handsome young man whom she had been allowed to meet, was shocked when she discovered that her father had tricked her and that her groom was a man in his nineties. She is 17-years old.
Amazingly, the girl bolted and called the police. Headlines, and a social media campaign, condemned her father, accusing him of "selling his daughter to an old man." A court just ruled the marriage "null and void."
This news is both depressing and inspiring. Depressing because fathers are still arranging inappropriate matches for their daughters and sentencing them to a lifetime of misery. Depressing because, according to Sharia law, in the case of a divorce, custody belongs to fathers, not mothers. This girl was living with her father whose authority is traditionally considered supreme. She was, or so it seems, a child of divorce.See All Articles
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