Dr. Phyllis Chesler

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Waiting in Vain: Palestinian vs Israeli Responses to Violence

One waits for an outpouring of condolences for the kidnapping-murders of the three Israeli teenagers, one of whom was also an American citizen. Especially, one waits for such statements from the most ardent supporters of a Palestinian state in the disputed territories. Jul 7, 2014 7:39 AM PT

White House's 'Condolences' for Murdered Israeli Teens Will not be Enough

My heart is broken, absolutely broken. Words never fail me, but at this moment, mere words feel inadequate, even inappropriate. I am, of course, talking about the discovery of three dead bodies which once belonged to three beautiful Israeli souls: Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Jun 30, 2014 1:25 PM PT

The West Must Stand with Muslim Feminists Against Sexual Violence

I was recently asked to advise a young Arab Muslim woman on her doctoral dissertation. Her work concerned violence against women—honor killings in particular. I said it would be my “honor” to do so. However, this feminist, from a wealthy family, made the mistake of announcing her intentions to her family. They—her husband, father, brothers--stopped her and gave her a choice: Leave graduate school or work on another subject entirely. (I am purposely not identifying the country she lives in). Jun 23, 2014 6:41 AM PT

No Rest for Israel on Seventh Day Since Teen Abductions

This is the seventh day of captivity for the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Some well-meaning Jews have already compared them to the mainly Christian girls in Nigeria who were also captured by Islamist terrorists. The girls were taken on April 15th and have, so far, been in captivity for sixty-six days. Jun 19, 2014 12:49 PM PT

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