Among progressives any reference to Arab anti-Semitism, even of the most genocidal kind, is itself considered a form of "Islamophobia." Progressives seem to have no problem whatsoever with Arabs or Muslims who call for the slaughter of Jews, but any Jew who points out that these calls for Jewish genocide are calls for Jewish genocide is, in the upside-down world of leftist politics, considered racist. This being the case, one can only imagine the progressive-left wrath for someone who not only calls out Arab anti-Semitism, but the anti-Semitism of some Arab women.
Inside Higher Ed has published a story about how Arab women writers have killed a University of Texas anthology on women in the Middle East because the university actually dared to include Israeli women writers in the now not forthcoming book:
The anthology was to have been published in conjunction with the University of Texas Press, and 29 authors agreed to have works included. Then one of the women found out that two of the authors were Israelis. She then notified the others that she would withdraw her piece unless Texas excluded the two Israelis. When the university refused to do so, a total of 13 authors pulled out...
Kamran Scot Aghaie, director of the center at UT, said that it "would not have been academically sound" to do the book without any Arab authors, but that it wouldn't have been academically or ethically sound to exclude the Israelis. Since the Arab authors wouldn't participate, the book was scrapped.
Is it wrong to point out Arab female anti-Semitism when it occurs?
I bet it is!
On the progressive-left the only good Jew is a dhimmi Jew.
Read this a couple of days ago, but have no time to do much other than comment.ReplyDelete
This is a pretty revealing story as to intentions.
Glad you posted it. And kudos to the man who pulled to book, saying:
"My view is that it's not proper to single out individual contributors for other contributors to veto. We were not willing to give any group special treatment."
This from the article, concerning Huzama Habayeb, the Palestinian writer who organized the boycott from Abu Dhabi, is disturbing:
In an interview with Gulf News, Habayeb said she was thrilled that her efforts had killed the anthology. “I am so proud of having the book canceled,” she said. "I am a Palestinian and to achieve this, to be able to resist the illegal Israeli occupation of my homeland is something that I will cherish forever. It is my own victory in the struggle."
Some resistance!! Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
The biggest injustice is to the woman who the anthology was to honor, BJ Fernea, who seems was an advocate for ALL Middle Eastern women, without discrimination.
I saw this story when Laurie and I were up in Oregon and the hysterical thing was that the English language Arab newspaper that covered it called it a triumph of the pen over the sword.Delete
Can you imagine?
How can it prove that the pen is mightier than the sword when the pen, itself, has been silenced??
"Who cares what they have to say?"Delete
Nobody with a brain, but unfortunately that could be a problem these days...
Obviously, even they do not care what they have to say.Delete
Better to keep their voice silent to a larger audience than to permit the dastardly Zionists from any participation.
That they even believe this "resistance" is resistance, or in any way effective, is questionable, except among themselves in their echo chamber of Jew hatred.
Resistance = hatred in the long run when practiced like this. Ultimately so much of "the game," is, quite simply, hatred and not much else. It's what keeps the merry go round going. One would think that so called educated people, intellectuals, writers etc would discern this simple fact.Delete
What the editors at the U of Texas needed to do was find a couple of Israeli Jewish female anti-Zionists to contribute.Delete
That could have been easily done and it would have made the Arab women contributors feel vindicated and then they would have had their anthology.
It could have been terrific. They would have their women's voices from the Middle East... some of whom would tell us about how liberating the burka and Sharia is for women... with the added benefit of kicking the crap out of Israel.
What's not to like?