Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Reflections on the Assault on Lara Logan

Children, the old adage goes, should be seen and not heard.

Women, in "patriarchal societies" of the Islamic kind, should be neither publicly seen nor heard.

In Western societies the ideal woman has traditionally been soft-voiced, non-assertive and forbearing; innately suited "to obey" according to the nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.

During the Middle Ages, there were several absurd notions of the physical nature of the Jew: that Jews had horns and a distinctive odour, and that Jewish men menstruated.

The Viennese philosopher Otto Weininger, who was troubled by his Jewishness and converted to Christianity to try to escape it, finally escaping from the world itself by his own hand, despised women and despised Jews, whom he regarded as exhibiting the feminine qualities that he abhorred.

All these things crowded into my mind when I read a most intriguing piece by Elana Maryles Sztokman on reaction to the sexual assault on CBS correspondent Lara Logan (pictured, moments prior to the assault) in Tahrir Square.

Ms Sztokman begins:

'Some days I think, Jews are the new women. Jews are like the woman in a room full of men, the ones who are supposed to stay quiet and nice and not talk too loud or even at all, not appear in any way strong or assertive, and never make any waves. Just as society prefers women when they are passive and submissive, the world at large prefers Jews that way, too.
I thought of this as I watched the “60 Minutes” interview with CBS correspondent Lara Logan as she described being sexually assaulted on February 11 amid the uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square [http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7364550n].... She was the only woman on the CBS team that night, and she was isolated from her crew and throngs of Egyptian men had their way with every inch of her body, inside and out. It was a harrowing account, and most definitively a woman’s story, in the sense that it was her womanhood that made her a victim.
But it is also a Jewish story — and, actually, an Israeli one.
That’s because Logan recounted that what set the mob upon her was when someone shouted, “She’s a Jew! She’s an Israeli!” There were other women in Tahrir Square that night, and for all we know others were attacked as well. But right then, Logan was a target not just because she is a woman, but because she was perceived to be a Jew and an Israeli, and therefore fair game.
What really upsets me about this story — in addition to Logan’s experience and the understanding of just how rampant sexual violence is in Egypt — is that CBS and the interviewer, Scott Pelley, did not seem to care about the Jewish angle. It was mentioned, just like that, and then forgotten. The implications for what this means about being a Jew or an Israeli in the world were just swept away, ignored."
Read the rest: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/137458/#ixzz1LPQFGdSF

4 comments:

  1. After watching this 60 minutes interview I posted this on Pamela Geller's blog, where I saw it:

    After this interview and especially after what was NOT said in it, my compassion for that woman is greatly diminished.

    What happened to her is the perfect metaphor for what Arabs/Muslims do to Jews, since Mohammed, on a macro and micro level, every day, every month, every year! And they are assisted in this by the social/professional class to which she belongs.

    Instead of using this interview to create an effective and honest "j'accuse", the images it evoked, will be watched and distributed by muslim/arab men, including the perpetrators, and it will give them a second round of "excitement" (to put it as delicately as I can). Gak!

    While neither she nor the interviewer ever named the beast by the name, she managed to get her political message in: eg "perhaps it was the bad men of the former regime, and not the wonderful arab men for democracy" who did that. And the real heros were fully veiled MUSLIM women.
    Gimmi a break!@#$&%^@

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  2. Most interesting, Rita - thank you!

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  3. No one wants to admit that a group can democratically vote to oppress women; drive Christians out of the country; kill Jews or go to war against a state with which a peace treaty has been signed.

    Democracies don't make war against other democracies, do they? Just wait.

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  4. Went to David Guy's blog and found this:

    http://5mfi.com/blogs/5mfi-blog/sub-urban/

    This should be definately acted upon and widely distributed. "Hearts and minds" in deed! Good initiative!

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