From The Middle East Forum: http://www.meforum.org/5680/womens-studies-betrays-women
by Phyllis Chesler
December 7, 2015
Last week, the National Women’s Studies Association membership voted to boycott Israel. The resolution reads, in part: “As feminist scholars, activists, teachers, and public intellectuals . . . we cannot overlook injustice and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, perpetrated against Palestinians and other Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, within Israel and in the Golan Heights, as well as the colonial displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the 1948 Nakba.”
This vote is an utter betrayal of both reality and of women — especially women who live under Sharia law.
In 1970, I taught one of the first Women’s Studies courses in the country. What I had envisioned for the discipline has nothing to do with today’s anti-American, anti-Israel, post-colonial, faux-scholarly feminist academy.
Marxism triumphed among radical feminists—and then they became “Palestinianized.” Women’s Studies professors are less concerned with the “occupation” of women’s bodies world-wide than they are with the alleged occupation of a country that has never existed: “Palestine.”
So I wasn’t surprised that the association held a plenary panel last year on that crucial feminist issue: “The Imperial Politics of Nation-States: US, Israel, and Palestine.” Panelists included former communist Angela Davis, the recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize; Rebecca Vilkomerson, the executive director of the infamous anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace; and Dr. Islah Jad of Birzeit University, whose focus seems to be Palestinian women only.
They vowed to get the association to boycott Israel. Now they’ve succeeded.
But these “Feminists for Palestine” are in denial about Islam’s long and ugly history of imperialism, colonialism, gender and religious apartheid, anti-black racism, conversion via the sword, executions of apostates and slavery.
The association doesn’t condemn, for example, the atrocities being practiced by Hamas, ISIS, Boko Haram and the Taliban against Muslim women, children and dissidents and against Christian, Yazidi and Kurdish women whom ISIS has captured as sex slaves.
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