Reposted from Clytemnestra by Horace Boothroyd III
Because women are still considered fair bargaining chips, tools and chattel even among educated western minds.
“The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.” This assertion was made by Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University about three weeks ago on an Israel Radio program. “It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East,” added Kedar, of Bar-Ilan’s Department of Arabic.
Is there ANYTHING that is off limits? Are we making progress at all?
To the shocked radio presenter who said that "we cannot take such steps, of course", Kedar replied:
"I'm not talking about what we should or shouldn't do. I'm talking about the facts
- International Business Times
Just the facts . . . because violence is the only thing these __
_ understand. It's just their culture.
Remove Dr. Mordechai Kedar and put in it's place any historical white person in the US who thought Native Americans savages and the words, meanings and possibilities are well defined and clear.
“You have to understand the culture in which we live,” said Kedar. “The only thing that deters [Hamas leaders] is a threat to the connection between their heads and their shoulders.” When presenter Yossi Hadar asked if that “could filter down” the organization’s ranks, Kedar replied: “No, because lower down the considerations are entirely different. Terrorists like those who kidnapped the children and killed them — the only thing that deters them is if they know that their sister or their mother will be raped in the event that they are caught. What can you do, that’s the culture in which we live.”
Bring more innocents into peril. Destroy more lives and you think it will just end? Do you not think you will just stoke more rage? Do you think your increased violence or threat of increased violence will end it. Has it? Have you had 20 consecutive years of peace? How about 10?
He's a right winger and served 25 years in military intelligence. He's no stranger to chilling thoughts and ideas that disagree with him and his:
In addition to working for the right-wing Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies of Bar Ilan University, Kedar also founded the Israel Academia Monitor website, which is dedicated to fighting left-leaning “extremist Israeli academics who exploit academic freedom in order to take steps to deny Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
which means this:
[Kedar] worked for a shadowy organisation, the Israel Academia Monitor, which fights left-leaning academic professors.
- International Business Times
Israeli feminists would have none of his words:
In the wake of the publication of his words, feminist activists today sent a letter to Bar-Ilan University president Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, in which they decried Kedar’s “words of incitement that grant legitimacy to Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Israeli civilians to commit rape, and endanger both Israeli and Palestinian women. Kedar’s words echo expressions that treat rape as a remedial practice, although it is a war crime.”
And they are right.
So there has been a walk back of sorts, though Kedar chose not to be interviewed.
In a statement provided to Haaretz, Bar-Ilan University said that Kedar was not advocating using rape to fight terrorism.
The professor “wanted to illustrate that there is no means of deterring suicide bombers, and using hyperbole, he gave the rape of women as an example,” the statement said. “In order to remove all doubt: Dr. Kedar’s words do not, God forbid, contain a recommendation to commit such despicable acts. The intention was to describe the culture of death of the terror organizations. Dr. Kedar was describing the bitter reality of the Middle East and the inability of a modern and liberal law-abiding country to fight against the terror of suicide bombers.”
But what did he say again?
“The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.” - Dr. Mordechai Kedar
No, no advocating at all. Except stating that it is the ONLY THING
that will stop them.
Sort of like a "pro-lifer" calling Dr. Tiller "the killer" who wouldn't stop murdering innocent babies. They weren't advocating for his death or anything, either.
“Rape as a weapon of war is an assault on security and a world in which these crimes happen is one in which there is not, and never will be, peace,”
- UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie to the United Nations Security Council