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Forcing Women to Die By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, November 09, 2006

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Just recently, in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, Hamas ordered Palestinian women to act as human shields for terrorists who had holed themselves up inside al-Nasser Mosque. Israeli soldiers ended up inadvertently killing two of the women, and injuring ten others, as they tried to shoot militants escaping amongst the human shields.

This horrid example of the Palestinian culture’s violent misogyny replayed itself again shortly after, as a female Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up in the same Gaza town in an effort to kill Israeli soldiers. One soldier was slightly wounded and evacuated to a hospital. The militant Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

These Palestinian crimes against humanity once again shed light on the vicious system of gender apartheid within the Palestinian death cult.


The Left spins these recent events as some kind of desperate backlash by Palestinian women against American and Israeli oppression. Unfortunately, the facts tell another frightening tale -- one that you won’t hear about in the mainstream media.


The veneration of suicide-killing in Palestinian jihad takes a pathological twist when it dovetails with the culture’s deep-rooted misogyny. The instinct for death in the culture engenders a morbid dilemma in that too many males end up blowing themselves up while women remain mostly exempt from killing themselves. As a result, the law of men spawns yet another violent misogynistic structure: balancing the scales of gender equality when suicide murder is at play.


Female infanticide and honor killings are not enough for a culture where the torture and dehumanization of women exist as a high priority. The lust for death, therefore, also enforces a paradigm in which women are forced to blow themselves up -- whether they want to or not. The woman-haters go about this violence by creating nightmarish conditions for certain women in which suicide is left as their only alternative.


Fact: a growing phenomenon exists in which Palestinian militants seduce and/or rape Palestinian women and then threaten to expose their “impurity” unless suicide murder is chosen as the glorious and redeeming way out.


The unfortunate female victims in this vicious death orchestra are coerced into blowing themselves up as the only way to spare their family’s, and their own, “honor”.  The terror group Fatah, for instance, runs an operation in which male terrorists seduce or rape young women and then confront them with the deadly choice: shameful death in an “honor” killing at the hands of the family or the washing away of the family’s shame by "martyrdom."


Hamas engages in the same crime, as the heart-wrenching case of Reem Al-Reyashi illustrates. The mother of two young children, she blew herself up in January 2004 at the Erez crossing in Israel, killing herself and four Israelis. It was discovered after the suicide-killing that she had been seduced by a Hamas terrorist -- who afterwards offered her a choice between an “honor” killing or suicide by means of explosives detonated amidst as many Jews as possible. Her terrorist lover armed her with the necessary explosives and instructions, and her husband drove her to the location of her crime and death.


In May 2004, Israel was able to stop two young Palestinian women from following in Al-Reyashi’s footsteps. The terror group Tanzim had coerced these women to reclaim their “honor” by killing themselves amongst Jews. The first woman, Tehani Zaki Ali Halil, had lost her “honor” after being accused of adultery and was forced to carry out a suicide attack in Tel Aviv as her penance. The second woman, a 19-year-old named Ramah Abed el-Majid Hasan Habaib, was accused of engaging in premarital sexual relations.


In this respect, we see how Palestinian women are coerced into blowing themselves up, and into acting as human shields, in a culture that values them more in death than in life. And since no female equality exists on any other level in Palestinian society, the Islamic clerics and terrorist groups paint suicide bombings as the only way a Palestinian women can achieve “equality.”


Islamic jihad, therefore, has now become “feminist” in the Muslim sense by adopting a “liberal” attitude toward suicide along gender lines. This “feminism” can be found in promotional materials in Palestinian Jihadi literature -- represented by statements like: "Our women are no longer the type of women who cry or weep. We have martyrdom women now.”


It is no surprise, meanwhile, that there is not one word of protest, not one howl of moral indignation, from the camp of leftist feminism in the West. This is just to be expected, of course, since, as Dr. Phyllis Chesler has documented in The Death of Feminism, these feminists have completely betrayed their persecuted sisters under the vicious and sadistic system of Islamic gender apartheid.


To be sure, leftist feminists are deafeningly silent on the horrors of forced marriages, honor killings and female genital mutilation within the Islamic world. The radical worldview of Oslo Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Unni Wikan, reflects this growing pathology. Her solution for the Muslim rape epidemic in Norway, for instance, is that Norwegian women start veiling themselves.


Meanwhile, for Miriam Cooke, a Duke professor and head of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies, nothing needs to be done about female suicide bombers because they represent a good thing. Indeed, in Cooke’s perspective, when a Muslim woman blows herself up, she exhibits her strength and manifests “agency” against colonial powers.


And so, while women under the Palestinian death cult are forced into suicide-killing, our society’s leftist feminists stand idly by, shrugging their shoulders with callous indifference and inhuman apathy.


These self-appointed guardians of women’s rights couldn’t care less about real and actual breathing women. That's because the tragic and untimely death of Reem Al-Reyashi, who wanted to live, and the fate of her two orphaned children, as well as the deaths of the four Israelis Al-Reyashi killed, are soul-tearing realities that don’t fit into the morbid heartlessness of utopian ideals.


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Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. To see his previous symposiums, interviews and articles Click Here. Email him at jglazov@rogers.com.

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