The article An Israeli Soldier to American Jews: Wake up! by Hen Mazzig, a Campus Coordinator for StandWithUs' Pacific Northwest chapter in the United States, is remarkable in many ways.
As a young Israeli who had just completed five years of service in the IDF, I looked forward to my new job educating people in the Pacific Northwest about Israel. I was shocked, however, by the anti-Israel bigotry and hostility I encountered, especially in the greater Seattle area, Oregon, and Berkeley. I had been very liberal, a member of the leftist Zionist party, Meretz, but the anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel that I have seen in the U.S. has changed my outlook personally and politically.The whole article is very much recommended - not that the general "anti-Zionist" trend of the US campuses is a new topic, but Hen does present a stark picture of the campus reality that should draw attention. However, the following passage attracted me especially:
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.”Young Hen may have ascribed this exchange solely to the stupidity of the professor, but there are deeper roots to the story of non-rape.
To start with, the inception of the idea, by Tal Nitzan (today Dr Nitzan, I guess) who chose to prove in her research paper that "the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals." Meaning that our soldiers don't rape Palestinian women because of a political/racial imperative, which is apparently very simple: the fear that the offspring of this union will not be recognized as Jewish.
Of course, no scientific breakthrough becomes a big deal before it is properly popularized and brought to the attention of the masses. And this is where our Moral Compass, Gideon Levy, stepped in (or into, whatever), with the following:
The Israeli Jewish journalist Gideon Levy who is known for his pro-peace and pro-Palestinian stance says something quite terrible in your film — that unlike in other conflicts where rape is used a weapon, there is no case of Israeli soldiers raping Palestinian women because they have been dehumanized to such an extent that they cannot be objects of desire.Now you can see that the Seattle professor's outburst is not a random rave of a loony, but a statement based on a solid scientific foundation. Of a kind. And promoted by the best in our media.
So there. Deal with it.