Ex-Israeli Soldier Denounced on US Campus for Not Raping Palestinian Women

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Non-Racist

Non-Racist

Hen Mazzig had been a member of Israel’s most left-wing party. But that didn’t prepare him for the sheer level of Israelaphobic craziness that he would encounter on campuses in the Pacific Northwest.

This year, from January through May, I went to college campuses, high schools, and churches to tell people about the history of modern Israel, about my experience growing up in the Jewish state, and about my family. I also always spoke about my military service as an officer in an IDF COGAT unit that attends to the needs of Palestinian civilians who are not involved in the conflict and promotes Palestinian civil society.

That went about as well as expected. Especially when BDS was involved. BDS rhetoric makes Nazi rhetoric look sensible and reasonable because it taps into whatever dementia is in the air.

At a BDS event in Portland, a professor from a Seattle university told the assembled crowd that the Jews of Israel have no national rights and should be forced out of the country. When I asked, “Where do you want them to go?” she calmly answered, “I don’t care. I don’t care if they don’t have any place else to go. They should not be there.”

When I responded that she was calling for ethnic cleansing, both she and her supporters denied it.

And during a presentation in Seattle, I spoke about my longing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. When I was done, a woman in her 60’s stood up and yelled at me, “You are worse than the Nazis. You are just like the Nazi youth!”

A number of times I was repeatedly accused of being a killer, though I have never hurt anyone in my life.

On other occasions, anti-Israel activists called me a rapist. The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none.

She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won’t touch them.”

You’re a rapist? You’re not a rapist? Why do you hate Palestinian Arab women? Why won’t you rape them? You’re a racist!

Hen Mazzig blames American Jews for not being more vocal, but this particular piece of crazy actually originates from left-wing academics in his own country.

According to Dr. Gurevitch, This was a very serious paper that asked two important questions: Is the relative lack of IDF rapes a noteworthy phenomenon, and if so, why is it that there are so few IDF rapes when in similar situations around the world, where rape is so much more common?

The abstract of the paper, authored by doctoral candidate Nitzan, could not find instances of rapes of Palestinian women by the IDF it sought to find, so it was decided that the paper show that “the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals.” It continues, “In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences – just as organized military rape would have done.”

Ergo, Nitzan could not find any cases of rape by IDF soldiers of Palestinian women even though Palestinian media constantly accuses Israeli soldiers of this. Apparently distraught over such findings, Nitzan had to twist her thesis to attribute the lack of such rapes to a governmental program instilling in IDF soldiers that the Arab women are sub-human or inferior.

This demented Catch 22 lunacy, or Reverse Rapism, as some have called it, won an award at Hebrew University. The people who endorsed it were likely to have been Meretz members or at least sympathetic to its position.

Tal Nitzan has since compared the media and internet criticism of her “Israeli Soldiers are Racist for not Raping” to… being raped.

“Media(ted) rape as a terror-inducing method

“From my distanced position in Canada, the public responses to my thesis seemed in a way similar. Obviously the effect on my life was not even remotely similar to the physical and mental suffering these women and their relatives went through, yet the mechanism used and the cultural logic behind it were quite similar.

“A crowd of self-appointed state representatives, joined by a mob of concerned, patriotic citizens gathered to defame my problematic character and disturbed personality. Yet this wasn’t enough. A body had to be dragged into the main square. It was examined, evaluated, mocked, ridiculed and then publicly and repeatedly raped as a combined act of punishing me and terrorizing others.

“Modern technology allows public events to be seen beyond the traditional spatial and temporal limitations… Hundreds of people, maybe more, gathered to defame me and my work… as an external distanced observer I could see the terrorizing and disciplining message it sent feminists, left-wing supporters and society as a whole.”

Then Tal Nitzan went on to defend Ariel Toaff, another left-wing academic, who claimed Jews drank blood.

Tal Nitzan’s brand of anti-Israel crazy apparently percolated throughout academia and confronted Hen Mazzig. The whole thing is an example of how the international left works together to demonize Israel.

But there is good news for Israeli leftists. Muslim Arabs in the West Bank are far less racist than Israeli Jews and far more willing to rape despite ethnic differences.

One activist, who in the past used to frequent the protests in the West Bank but no longer participates, told Haaretz, “Two years ago we had a meeting of women who took part in the struggle against the occupation. It took place in an apartment in Jerusalem, and disturbing things were brought up. Nearly all the women that attended told of cases of harassment or discrimination.

This correspondence, along with other testimonies obtained by Haaretz, tells of a wider phenomenon of sexual harassment and assault of Israeli and foreign protesters in the West Bank. In the past two years, at least six incidents were recorded in the West Bank and East Jerusalem: two in Sheikh Jarrah, four more in the Mount Hebron area, in Masra, in Kfar a-Dik, and an alleged case of attempted rape in Umm Salmona, near Bethlehem, that was revealed in Haaretz.

Recently, a special forum was started by a group of women from leftist groups for the purpose of dealing and monitoring such incidents.

Israeli leftists should welcome these acts of tolerance. And this call by an Egyptian female lawyer to sexually harass Jewish women as an act of resistance.

Interviewer: Egyptian lawyer Nagla Al-Imam has proposed that young Arab men should sexually harass Israeli girls wherever they may be and using any possible method, as a new means in the resistance against Israel.

Nagla Al-Imam: First of all, they violate our rights, and they “rape” the land. Few things are as grave as the rape of land. In my view, this is a new form of resistance.

Interviewer: As a lawyer, don’t you think this might expose Arab youth to punishment for violating laws against sexual harassment?

Nagla Al-Imam: Most Arab countries… With the exception of three or four Arab countries, which I don’t think allow Israeli women to enter anyway, most Arab countries do not have sexual harassment laws. Therefore, if [Arab women] are fair game for Arab men, there is nothing wrong with Israeli women being fair game as well.

I’m sure Judith Butler is writing up an enthusiastic call for involving the LGBT community in this new daring form of anti-racist activism.

  • rnno1

    Rape is a crime of violence not of passion. The sub- human argument is crazy… just like the left.

  • asherpat

    The reason we, Israeli beasts don’t rape Arab women has nothing to do with racism. Let me explain. Since we know that many of them have been genitally mutilated, as is so common in the Muslim world, by NOT raping them, we deny them the sexual pleasures they secretly crave, in the hope of them breaking down and emigrating (think like a modern day Nakba) or converting to Zarathustra. Arent we clever!

  • Ian Todd

    Jews and Muslims got along fine till the zionists took over.http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=israhell+on+earth&oq=israhell+on+earth&gs_l=youtube.3..0.5578.10562.0.20968.17.7.0.9.9.0.422.781.3-1j1.2.0…0.0…1ac.1.11.youtube.lc0dmzMlRKc

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Is that why Mohammed commanded the ethnic cleansing of the Jews on his death bed?

      • Cpt_Justice

        Don’t you know that “get along fine” means “uppity Jews knuckle under”?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Yup

  • LW

    I have read Nitsan’s thesis; I had it translated from Hebrew to English expressly for this purpose for something I was writing. Having read and considered Nitsan’s thesis extensively, I can say with conviction that you, author of this article, as well as many of the sources you indicate (most of which haven’t read the original thesis either) misconstrue Nitsan’s point. She is not the demon figure you portray her to be, but an careful academic, whose work is deserving of praise.

    She doesn’t come to a normative conclusion regarding the lack of rape; she merely looks for reasons for it to exist when conflicts similar in nature (ethnic, prolonged, with other serious violations committed by both sides) have lots of sexual violence. (See Elizabeth Jean Wood for more info). Nitsan explores why Israelis don’t rape Palestinian women and comes to the conclusion (which is supported by other respected academics in the field, by the way) that there are mental internal boundaries that limit a soldier’s actions, an internal sense of morality that limits sexual violence even when he has the opportunity to commit the act with relative impunity. This internal moral barrier is the result of Israeli culture, Jewish identity politics (including demographic realities such as the matrilineal Jewish identity descent, which means offspring from any union between an Israeli male and Palestinian female would not be considered Jewish), and yes, a concept of otherizing the Arab. Muslim, which makes it taboo (treyf) to have sexual relations between the groups AT ALL, let alone in a violent situation.

    Again, to reiterate, Nitsan’s finding has been CORROBORATED by other academics in the field of sexual violence in conflict zones, APPLAUDED AND APPROVED OF by the IDF itself and independently REPORTED by various non profits in Israel and Palestine.

    Please, please, do not accept hate mongering at face value, and read a work yourself before condemning it. If you want more information regarding this topic, please indicate, and I can send you a list of authors to read or my own work on the subject.

    Regards,
    LW

  • John

    I have no idea why any Jewish person would ever vote Democrat.

    • Cpt_Justice

      Where was “Democrat” even mentioned in this article?

      • John

        It doesn’t have to be, the political affiliation is obvious and strongly implied.

        • Cpt_Justice

          Being a Democrat, I naturally disagree.

          • John

            Democrats are the nicest, most tolerant, most wonderful, most giving people in the world. Just ask them, they’ll tell you.

          • Cpt_Justice

            But not like the Republicans will be the first to tell you how devoted they are to equal rights for women, gays & minorities when it comes to voting, marriage and reproductive freedom.

          • John

            Women have equal rights by nature. Gays and minorities do as well. State recognition of your marriage isn’t a right, it’s a civil privilege and it should be offered to gays, though the reality is, the demographs are just NOW getting there. 20 or 30 years ago, most Democrats would have been against it. 50 years ago, Democrats stood up and tried to stop the Civil Rights Amendment with all kinds of racist rhetoric. Women have all the reproductive freedom in the world. Murder is another subject.

          • Cpt_Justice

            Yes, those groups have rights by nature. & if you insist that other rights are privileges, then you still admit that the government is denying them to gays, women, minorities, etc., because straight/white/Xian/male people have those privileges.

            The Democrat Party of today is not that of the 50′s & 60′s – those Dixiecrats are the Republicans today. The switch occurred *precisely because* of those civil rights you are trying to ascribe to today’s Republicans – who are so far removed from those days as to be laughable.

            Women do not have reproductive freedom when religious bigots get to legally decide it’s murder.

          • John

            I’m neither a religious person, nor a bigot, but killing a child in the womb is still murder. The question is whether it’s an acceptable murder.

            Also, Democrats have simply replaced overt racism with covert racism. The racism that says “you can’t do it because you’re black and need our help” and “btw, here’s a check, don’t bother looking for a job, we’ll save you”.

  • Sandy Resnitzky Helmsorig

    This is about the sickest article I have ever read. Why would IDF soldiers rape Palestine women? Do you not think they have enough respect not to rape at all? Whether it be a Palestine woman or any other woman? Israel’s people know the meaning of respect and only want to live peacefully. They are not like in India or Pakistan where there is no regard for woman at all, so the disgusting men think it’s ok to rape a woman. They need to be castrated. Maybe one day they’ll learn that sex needs to be mutual NOT one way.
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  • tazzy

    I am from Canada, and I have learned about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict… and the Palestinians never had their own sovereign state. It was called “Palestine” by the Romans. Also, they wonder why there is a separation and security gates all over the West Bank? Should Israel welcome terrorism and Intifadas into greater Israel? What did they expect? If Israel had been a Muslim Country, it would have been a blood bath. Unbelievable!!!

  • StinkyJew

    When I served in the IDF we had the same dilemma. To rape arab women and make them feel wanted, or not, and offend them.
    We are deeply sorry for our behavior, and I promise- the next time I’m called to the reserved forces I would happily rape and pillage.
    Idiots.

    To the matter at hand, I think the left parties all over the world have become crazy – borderline insane. You should hear what our left wing activists have to say about Israel and the “palestinians”.

  • Taimoor Khan

    I call you a Naz! not out of fear, but because you ARE. In fact, you are a Naz! because you FEAR Muslims.

    • m4253y

      don’t worry pos, your time will come.

      • Taimoor Khan

        Awaiting!

  • Taimoor Khan

    Answer me above. The West powers are the biggest killers and murderers!

    • socialist suck

      false, muslims are the biggest killers and murderers

    • Softly Bob

      Wrong. Muslims are the biggest killers. Always have been and that is a indisputable fact.

  • Taimoor Khan

    Killings by Christians are non-Christian killings, while killings by Muslims, are Islamic killings? Talk about double standards AND hypocrisy!

  • ConcernedCitizen999

    This is an example of how the Left starts with an agenda, and then molds their arguments to fit.

    • Cpt_Justice

      Not just the Left, trust me.

  • AnaLorenaVictor

    stupidity reigns in the Muslim world.

  • Veracious_one

    ;the Americans are long gone and Iraqis are still slaughtering Iraqis just like they did before the Americans ever came….

  • 1Billiam

    yes Katsav was locked up

  • Cpt_Justice

    The whole “not raping “Palestinian” women as racist” insanity is old – at least, I heard about it a few years ago – but the “raping Jewish women as resistance”? That’s new. Just as sick, & just as expected from them, but, new (at least to me). Sigh.

  • Cpt_Justice

    it is a truth that very few people recognize: bigots truly hate only themselves, and, furthermore, will project the things they hate most about themselves onto the victims of their hatred. Hence, these scumwads twisting facts & logic into a “thesis” of “why Israeli soldiers don’t rape.”

  • Ariel ben Roni

    Ha gever, malaasot.:)

  • Barry Copithorne

    Instead of insulting people of how you think the world works, And justify what you have said when you know nothing about me, maybe go read a book or watch a documentary.

    I’m the one whos read up on what Christianity Catholicism and fascism and what they have all done in the past 1000 years. Its up to you to educate yourself not me.

  • Barry Copithorne

    How bout killing millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq in response to a lie made by the U.S. government for only 3000 deaths. So please call me a dumbass again because I have been in the military in Canada and Christians and Catholics alike kill little boys on the streets in Afghanistan because they look at them funny and in response to their commanders when questioned on it, “he looked threatening” and then he is praised and rewarded.

  • Che

    The accusation is completely on point. Given the savageness of IDF
    and its relentless attrocities against the Palestinians, the only reason left for
    the IDF to not rape Palestinian women is what was mentioned above.
    Except that they are also spcifically instructed against it, following
    the genocidal Zionist agenda of targeting the new generations of Palestinians

    • sdsd

      Kill yourself. Now. Do the world a favor and remove your stupidity from this planet.