Palestinian Wife-Beating: The Jews Made Them Do It

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It’s official. Britain’s premier medical journal Lancet has been completely Palestinianized. It no longer bears any relationship to the first-rate scientific journal it once was. Perhaps Lancet is no longer a standard-bearer but has become a follower in the global movement in which standards have plunged, biases have soared, and Big Lies now pass for top-of-the-line academic, scientific work.

The post-colonial academy is itself thoroughly colonized by the false and dangerous ideas of Edward Said (please read my dear friend Ibn Warraq’s most excellent book Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism). However, I once believed that Said’s paranoid perspective had primarily infected and indoctrinated only the social sciences, humanities, and Middle East Studies. We now see his malign influence at work in a new article, just out today, by professors who work at the Department of Medicine at Harvard University; the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at Minnesota University’s School of Public Health; The Boston University School of Medicine; the School of Nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; and at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

Their study is titled: “Association between exposure to political violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study.” And yes, they have found that Palestinian husbands are more violent towards Palestinian wives as a function of the Israeli “occupation”—and that the violence increases significantly when the husbands are “directly” as opposed to “indirectly” exposed to political violence.

I believe that Arab and Muslim men, including Palestinian men, are indeed violent towards Arab and Muslim women. I also believe that war-related stress, including poverty, usually increases “intimate partner violence,” aka male domestic violence. But beyond that, how does one evaluate this study?

First, let’s follow the money. This study was funded by the Palestinian National Authority as well as by the Core Funding Group at the University of Minnesota. The Palestinian Authority is not a disinterested party. But even worse: The data was collected by the Palestinian Central Bureau. These are the people who told the world that Israeli soldiers shot young Mohammed al-Dura, committed a massacre in Jenin, and purposely attacked Palestinian civilians (who just happened to be jihadists dressed in civilian clothing or hostage-civilians behind whom the jihadists hid).

Second, let’s note that the study has a political goal which trumps any objective academic or feminist goal. (These researchers claim to have a “feminist” perspective). In my view, this study wishes to present Palestinian men as victims, even when those men are battering their wives. And, it wishes to present Palestinian cultural barbarism, which includes severe child abuse, as also related to the alleged Israeli occupation.

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  • jackbelias

    Good article, I am very familiar with special interest funding in Americas colleges. Most Americans would be shocked to see where the money trail for a study often leads. They would be even more shocked to learn who delivers the data. Americans make the assumption that social interest studies are double blinded when in reality very few studies any college takes part in are double blinded.
    The Brady center along with their sister groups fund crime studies while being allowed to collect and compile the data. They then allow a third party to publish the study.
    As you can see the same is being done regarding muslim nations and their violence against women. The intention is to show that without Jews there would be no wife beating anywhere in the world.

  • gama

    If violence from the enemy leads to wife beating why aren't the Jews beating their wives?

  • BS1977

    Just call Code Pink….they'll do something. Maybe ask the ACLU about human rights violations…nah, forget it….they are too busy coddling terrorists.

  • USMCSniper

    On THE MYTH of wife beating in general, To all women who openly lie about this subject:

    Read the studies: This bibliography examines 271 scholarly investigations: 211 empirical studies and 60 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women ARE AS physically aggressive, OR MORE aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners. The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 365,000. Go to for the studies and zip it!

    http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

  • gama

    What if the correlations between wife beating and violence toward Jews results from the fact that Islam commands both and those who beat their wives are carrying out Islamic law and those who kill Jews are carrying out Islamic law. Of course the authors invert cause and effect in order to blame the Jews.

  • Kevin

    Is the wife beating only caused by fighting Israel, or does the study also take muslim-on-muslim violence into account (e.g: throwing a fellow gazan off of a building because he was of a different political faction, or the various clan wars in gaza)?

  • Stephen Brady

    Wow!

    Last Summer, when the SEIU showed up at our local Tea Party, I should have responded by beating my wife! How shockingly shortsighted of me …

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Red_Ruffansore Red_Ruffansore

    I just love those kids, they come up with such innovative coloring books for adults. Saying the Pali's are violent because of Israel is like saying sharks have become man eaters because of surfers. Tell your Sunni and Shiite handlers nice try but unlike their population, we don't share their room temperature IQ and social retardation.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ElroyJetson CallaTeYa!

    Let me be clear–I am the reason Palestinians beat their wives. Wait–this just in–it was George Bush, Dick Cheney, Halliburton, the military-industrial complex, and big everything.

    Barry

  • Laura

    So what I understand is as follows: alestinians usually beat their wives, but do so MORE under the pressure of the occupation. So beating your wife a little is ok? Yes and I liked the comment of why the Israelis are not beating their own wives, a good one…Heh

  • melissa

    this was a biased opinionated article. IT was not fair to the men at all. Let me guess……….you have no marriage and you are gay. How did i know that?