An American Bride in Kabul will be coming out in paperback in October, 2014. I am very interested in “meeting” with your book club via Skype. Please contact me through my website.

Here is a possible list of questions you may wish to discuss.


You are cordially invited to attend my book events. The following is a current list of my appearances which I will update over time. For further information about all events please contact the sponsoring organization.

  • September 20, 2014
    Temple Beth Am
    Merrick, NY
  • October 7, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Author@the Library
    455 Fifth Avenue, NYC
  • October 23, 2014
    Sid Jacobson JCC
    East Hills, New York
  • October 30, 2014
    College of Staten Island
  • November 12, 2014
    JCC Rockland
    West Nyack, New York
  • February 13-16, 2015
    Limmud NY Conference
    Stamford, CT
  • March 22, 2015
    Har Zion Temple
    Penn Valley, Pa.

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Nobel Winner Malala Yousafzai Donates Thousands to Gaza Schools Used by Hamas

October 30, 2014  •  Breitbart

Our latest and youngest-ever Nobel prize winner has announced that she is donating $50,000.00 to rebuild an 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?



Punished For Being Raped and For Accusing Rapists: Women's Burden Under Sharia

October 28, 2014  •  Breitbart

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?



ISGAP Fellow Phyllis Chesler on The Hijacking of History by Opera: The Death of Klinghoffer

October 24, 2014  •  ISGAP

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.



Op-Ed: What Would Toscanini Do?

October 23, 2014  •  Israel National News

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.



Israel-Hatred 'Has Scaled the Wall of High Culture'

October 21, 2014  •  Israel National News

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.



Op-Ed: A Talk with Director Gloria Greenfield: "Body and Soul"

October 20, 2014  •  Israel National News

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?



Opera v. truth: The fetid fouls of 'Death of Klinghoffer'

October 19, 2014  •  New York Post

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.



British Officials Uncover Hundreds of New Cases of Female Genital Mutilation in the UK

October 17, 2014  •  Breitbart

The British National Health Service-- in a first-of-its-kind, just released 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.



New York Artists' Niqab Hashtag Campaign Ignores Garment's Long History of Oppression

October 14, 2014  •  Breitbart

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).



Op-Ed: Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation

October 13, 2014  •  Israel National News

Gloria Z. Greenfield's third film, Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation, is a cinematic and educational triumph. In only 65 minutes, the viewer comes to understand who the Jews are to the land of Israel and what the land of Israel is to the Jews, to Judaism, and to history.

This film is not propaganda. There is no doctored footage. This is the truth made visible, visual. It is also, potentially, truth's weapon against falsehood and against a lethal Arab (and now universal) narrative that is, at its core, genocidal.

Please understand: While the film is pedagogic, it is also easy to understand and entertaining. It is both profound and bracing.

The music enhances the words, it is subtle, it neither detracts nor intrudes. The most wonderful maps, illustrated manuscripts, archeological artifacts, ancient coins, drawings, paintings, photographs, legal documents, highlighted newspaper articles, and videos accompany a rapid succession of thirty six soulful and scholarly experts. Greenfield has carefully assembled ambassadors, archeologists, authors, experts in anti-Semitism, historians, journalists, legal scholars, parliamentarians, rabbis, Christian theologians—and one prominent Yiddishist.



Chesler and Huckabee Live on FOX

October 11, 2014  •  Huckabee - Fox

Dr. Phyllis Chesler appeared on "Huckabee" on Fox News, Saturday, October 11th to discuss Islamophobia and some insights from "An American Bride in Kabul".

Click here to watch interview.


The Mid-Manhattan Library Last Night

October 7, 2014

The traffic down Fifth Avenue was massive, the suicide artists on bikes darted, amazingly, suddenly, right into the path of oncoming cars and then neatly swirled away. We kept calling ahead to the librarians to inform them of my progress--so that they could inform the waiting crowd. Indeed, it was a lovely turnout. The discussion was not only civilized, it was literate, educated, respectful.

Muslims and Jews and Christians were there, white folk and black folk--an African-American woman who teaches in China, some friends, some fans--and wonder of wonders!--the editor who had worked with me on a proposal for a very important book in 1975 (!): "Rape as a Weapon of War." She had gotten the publishing house to accept it--and then she had left, quite suddenly, and no one wanted to work with me on it. I was thrilled to see her, she was surprised that I remembered her name (how could I forget?) and she spontaneously came up to the platform to embrace me.

The QNA was the most interesting part of the evening--at least to me. I may try to reprise some of it when I can. But for now, here are some of the library- and book-related remarks I made.



EXCLUSIVE Interview: Koranic Scholar - The Judeo-Christian Sources of the Koran

September 29, 2014  •  Breitbart, Middle East Forum

He is a man who rarely reads a book of less than 600 pages and who has easily written books of that length. Engage him in conversation and he will talk about the footnotes in a particular book—and the footnotes which should have been there but which are missing in action.

I am talking about my dear friend, Ibn Warraq, the author or editor of 12 books, and the only man who has ever roundly defeated Tariq Ramadan in an Intelligence Squared debate in London.

His final riposte ("I do not care to live in a society where you are stoned for adultery, I would rather live in country where you get stoned first and then commit adultery") brought down the house.

Despite this witticism, Ibn Warraq is essentially a very shy, Old World, and exceedingly courtly man.

Translated, his pen name means "the son of a paper maker." He does not use his real name because he is an apostate, which constitutes a capital crime in Islam. He is an ex-Muslim. He is also pro-Western, anti-terrorism, pro-Israel, and pro-human rights. In many quarters, such views are also considered "killing" offenses.



This Show Must Not Go On: Protest Rally at the Met

September 23, 2014  •  Israel National News

I am an avid opera-goer and opera-lover and it pains me beyond measure to have to approach the Metropolitan Opera, not with tickets in hand, but to participate in a protest against the choice of a particular opera, namely, "The Death of Klinghoffer."

Why-oh-why did Peter Gelb choose to produce this opera when the libretto is sub-standard, quite below par? This is quite apart from our collective concern about the content of this libretto and the lethal narrative of the opera itself. Yes, the work presents the Israelis as colonizers and exploiters, the Jews as greedy exploiters, and the Palestinian terrorists as heroes. And yes, I understand that Gelb believes that John Adams, the composer, is the leading American composer of the 21st century. The music is very good.

I am not sure where to focus my outrage and my sorrow.



Anti-Terror Muslims Rally in Toronto Against Radical Islam

September 22, 2014  •  Breitbart

On September 21, 2014, Muslims Facing Tomorrow held a public rally in Queen's Park, Toronto, on the steps of the Legislature, "in Support for minority Christians and other religious communities in the Middle East and the Muslim World."

Approximately 125 people turned out for this Muslim-initiated rally against "ISIS…and for the minority communities of Christians and non-Christians who have been brutally attacked, killed, or forcefully converted into Islam under pain of death."

Speakers included Raheel Raza, President of the Council, Vice-President of Muslims Facing Tomorrow author Salim Mansur, the Honorable Federal Minister of State for Multi-Culturalism, and former Member of Parliament (MP), Tim Uppal. In addition, four other MPs spoke: MPs John Carmichael, Devinder Shory, Brad Butt, and Bernard Trottier. Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a strong message of support.



A Rosh Hashana Greeting To My People

September 19, 2014  •  Israel National News

I cannot think of a better way to wish you all Shana Tova than to share with you some of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' words. He has been on a lecture tour in New York City.

One knows when one has been in the company of a great soul when one feels elevated, uplifted, enlightened, included—and blessed. Come, share the blessing with me.

Rabbi Sacks is a trim, elegant, white-haired, man sporting a fashionably white goatee, a teacher who exudes erudition, integrity, dignity, and compassion.

Rabbi Sacks was beautifully introduced by New Jersey's Rabbi Menachem Genack, and he participated in a dialogue between himself and Rabbi Barry Freundel of Washington D.C, who also serves as a religious advisor to politicians. Lincoln Square's Rabbi, Shaul Robinson, deftly posed questions and served as moderator. The occasion was the book launch of "Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honor of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks."

The first question R. Robinson posed was: "What would the Rav (R. Soloveitchik) say right now about the state of affairs after such an unsettling and troubling summer?



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An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir

I recommend this book be put on the reading list of every American school.
--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Author of Infidel and Nomad

This is a bold book, intimate and rich in detail… Chesler is a voice crying out for women. She will never stop
--Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics and Going to Iran

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