Below Ariadna Theokopoulos discusses a recent article in The Forward quoting Israeli academic Mordechai Kedar, who says the only sure-fire way to stop terrorism is by raping the female family members of terrorists. The article doesn’t clearly specify, but it’s probably safe to assume he’s not talking about Jewish terrorists.
Rape as a ‘Deterrent of Terrorism’
“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 on an Israel Radio program. “It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East,” added Kedar, of Bar-Ilan’s Department of Arabic.
Of course, it only ‘sounds’ bad, just like phosphorus bombs, missile strikes on hospitals and schools and skunk water spraying, but a scholar can explain the nuances involved in the justified use of all these ‘deterrents.’
He is also, according to The Forward, a research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan, and in the past also served as chairman of the Israel Academia Monitor organization, which is involved in “exposing extremist Israeli academics who exploit academic freedom in order to take steps to deny Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.” The organization is engaged in a battle against professors identified with the left.
The program was broadcast on July 1, immediately after the discovery of the bodies of the three young settlers who were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank. It dealt, among other things, with the question of how Hamas can be deterred.
“You have to understand the culture in which we live,” said Kedar, but oddly enough he was not referring to the Jewish Israeli culture. He must know what he is talking about; he is, after all a ‘Middle East scholar.’ He stated,
“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.”
Israeli feminist activists, worried that the rapefest might spill over to Israeli women, protested in 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’
A response from Bar Ilan explained it all away, saying that Kedar
…only “wanted to illustrate that there is no means of deterring suicide bombers, and using hyperbole, he gave the rape of women as an example. 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.”
Oddly, it referred to Israel as a ‘law-abiding country,’ leading to speculation that international law is not a subject taught at Bar-Ilan.