The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It
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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.
Eight women have just died and 68 other women have been hospitalized because an Indian surgeon used infected instruments in a mass government-sponsored sterilization "camp." The official limit is 30 such sterilizations per day and scrupulous attention to hygiene.
Clearly, Dr. RK Gupta breached these guidelines. One unnamed official has been quoted as saying: "The doctor failed to disinfect the instruments before using them again." Further, over 80 women were reportedly operated upon within a five to six hour period in the government-run Nemi Chand hospital in the Pendari area of Bilaspur.
According to Amar Singh Thakur, chief health officer for the Bilaspur district, "The deaths were due to septic shock." Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a "thorough investigation and action on this unfortunate tragedy."
In a welcome challenge to the barbaric gender apartheid practiced by ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and all the Al-Qaeda offshoots, a group of Kurds in northeastern Syria have issued a women's right decree which calls for "equality between men and women in all spheres of public and private life."
The 30-point decree, issued by the leaders of the "self-ruling democracy of Jazira province," calls for women to have the right to hold public office, as well as an equal right to wages and inheritance. This demand for equality in inheritance is in direct opposition to ISIS and Sharia law. (According to the Koran, two women are equal to one man in matters of contract law and inheritance. See Surah 2:282 and Surah 4:11).
What exactly is a "barbarian?"
A barbarian is someone who finds joy in inflicting pain and death. Doing so makes them laugh. Literally. Thus, culturally and psychologically, Islamist barbarians are the equivalent of Western-style sadistic, sociopathic serial killers—only the barbarians do not work alone or in secret. They work in large theological-military paramilitary gangs and they do their grisly work quite openly.
Western serial killers are hunted down and are not valorized. Groups like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Al-Shabab, Hamas, Boko Haram, and ISIS are considered fearless and heroic warriors, purists, religious freedom-fighters by their followers and by a strong minority-- some say a majority-- of Muslims world-wide who have called for Sharia law. What these terrorist groups are doing satisfies the tenets of Sharia law—a law which has not been refined, modified, or re-interpreted to render it compatible with Western concepts of human rights and jurisprudence.UNRWA school in Gaza. She made this announcement in Stockholm, where she accepted the prestigious World's Children's Prize and donated it all to Gaza. She is not donating her Nobel prize winnings, which is usually a cool million.
Who got to her? Has no one told her that so many UNRWA schools in Gaza were used to store weapons and to hide terrorists dressed as civilians? Does she not know that Hamas in Gaza have used civilians, including child civilians, as human shields—that they trapped vulnerable civilians in their homes and would not allow them to evacuate in the hope that Israel would follow through on their warnings, and bomb a particular building because Hamas's weapons were stored there?
ISIS has just be-headed a woman in Baquba because she dared to resist being raped. In the process of struggling to defend herself, she actually killed her would-be rapist, an ISIS warrior. The woman was at home recovering from a medical illness.
This is precisely the crime that led to Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution in Iran at dawn this past Saturday—except that the Iranian regime first jailed and tortured her for five years. Her life might have been spared if her victim's family had forgiven her, but that did not happen. Her would-be rapist was a former member of Iran's Intelligence Ministry.
And thus we learn that under Sharia law the penalty for resisting rape is torture and death for women.
What happens when a woman does not or cannot resist being raped?
I love opera. I was once a regular contributor to NPR's "At the Opera," and that privilege lasted for almost three years. I attend the Metropolitan opera as often as I can—I also attend the Chelsea Opera, the NY City Opera (when it existed), and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown almost every summer.
The Metropolitan Opera's General Manager, Peter Gelb, has a constitutional as well as an artistic right to produce whatever he wants. However, his choice of The Death of Klinghofferis an abdication of moral responsibility, political sensitivity, and gravitas. Gelb's showcasing of this opera is equivalent to a college president's decision to allow ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaeda, or the Taliban to speak on campus because "all sides must be heard and understood" because "all points of view are equally valid."
Blood libels against Israel and the Jews, mythic pseudo-histories—genocidal narratives—have permeated the Western campuses. These dangerous falsehoods claim the privilege of free speech and academic freedom and they have been welcomed by the intelligentsia. Now, these same ideas are making their debut amidst the trappings of high culture.
Those who protested the performance of The Murder of Klinghoffer spoke at a press conference and at a rally outside the Metropolitan Opera House. One of their demands was that the opera not be shown.
Clearly, that demand was not met.
I, and many others, never called for a boycott although some people did. They are good people, they did not "rant" as one reporter described it. Mainly, they were people of a certain age who have lived through the Holocaust (or their parents did); people who have also seen the effects of terrorism close-up in Israel, and in America, on 9/11.
There was such a large police presence and so many police barricades that anyone passing by would think that terrorists were at large.
There were no terrorists on Broadway—although terrorists would soon be mounting the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. The police were protecting the right of the Opera House to present the Palestine Liberation Organization and their cause as mythically majestic and eternally just.
Here's what was also extraordinary: "The Suits"—men and women in positions of power, both politically, legally, and financially, felt compelled to take to the streets to be heard. Governors, Congressional Representatives, Mayors, Borough Presidents, financial advisors, were not presiding over a press conference in their grand offices. They were on the streets. I suspect this may have been the first time they have ever done so.
The Israeli premiere of Gloria Greenfield's new film, Body and Soul - the State of the Jewish Nation, is on October 20th in Jerusalem. Exclusive interview with the director, Gloria Greenfield.
Although filmmaker Gloria Greenfield has interviewed me for her two previous films, this was the first time I sat down with her and asked her some questions. (For a review of the new film, Body and Soul - the State of the Jewish Nation, click here.)
Q: Did you always want to be a film director? What were your earliest ambitions?
A: In elementary school I wanted to be a resistance fighter the next time the Nazis came. In middle school I thought I would be a psychologist. I never imagined that I would be afilm director, although I always loved film.
Q: What drives you?
I love opera. For almost three years, I regularly contributed to NPR's "At the Opera." I attend the Metropolitan Opera House as often as I can. But the decision to stage "The Death of Klinghoffer" represents an abdication of moral responsibility, political sensitivity and gravitas.
Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has a constitutional and artistic right to produce whatever he wants. Yet showcasing this opera is equivalent to a college president's inviting a member of ISIS, Hamas, or the Taliban to speak on campus because "all sides must be heard" and "all points of view are equally valid."
As a feminist, I wouldn't boycott an opera because the female heroes are betrayed, go mad or are murdered. As in life, our great operas are tragedies in which the heroes die.
But, where there are heroes there are also villains.
The villain in Puccini's "Tosca" is unmistakable: He is Scarpia, the police chief of Rome who tortures political prisoners and attempts to rape the great singer, Floria Tosca. We don't get a backstory about Scarpia's dysfunctional childhood, nor do we sympathize or identify with him.study-- has documented 467 "newly identified cases" of girls and women who had been genitally mutilated. Half live in London.
Previously, 1, 279 such girls and women were known to be receiving post-mutilation treatment. However, estimates suggest that up to "170,000 women and girls living in the UK may have undergone FGM."
This is simply not acceptable.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not at all like male circumcision. Not only is the capacity for sexual pleasure destroyed, complications are routine and include bleeding, painful urination, cysts, dangerous and recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, the growth of scar tissue that make marital intercourse a nightmare and that turns childbirth into an experience of danger and torture. It increases the likelihood of newborn deaths. In addition, some girls and women develop fistulas and become incontinent. They are doomed to defecate and urinate without control. Absent effective surgery, this is a life-long condition which leads to the woman being shunned by her family.
Two Upper West side artists think New York women should try wearing face masks, also known as "niqab." Their names are Saks Afridi and Quinza Najm. They are calling upon women to don black face masks and take a "selfie."
The political art project began as a private experiment when Najm began wearing niqab (erroneously referred to as "hijab," which is just a headscarf) in her neighborhood; she encountered some hostile responses. "Go home!"
At that point, Najm decided that concealing her facial identity was an act of assertive liberation and a challenge to a presumably "tolerant" America. She launched a hashtag #DamniLookGood and asked other women, both Muslim and non-Muslim—men too—to don niqab as "an exercise in tolerance."
Some women who tried on the black niqab and close black head covering found it "sexy" to be concealed. Najm also points out that you can wear "crappy clothes" underneath and be very "comfortable." (Here she must be talking about a full body covering as well).See All Articles
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