Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Hebrew U Professor who Thinks Non-Rape is Racism Gets Busted for Rape
Hebrew University Academic practices what he preaches?
What was left of the academic reputation of the Hebrew University was
demolished altogether July 30, 08. The reason was the arrest of the
leftist professor of sociology who had been one of the theses advisors of
that notorious thesis claiming that Jews are racists because Jewish
soldiers do not rape Arab women.
In recent days, headlines have reported the stories of the Hebrew
University president joining a call of endorsement for the activities of a
far-leftist anti-Zionist group that claims Israel is an apartheid land,
Arab students at the Hebrew University being arrested for membership in
al-Qaeda, and a Hebrew University professor of pharmacy insisting on
hiring a convicted terrorist to work in his chemistry lab. But these were
relatively minor disgraces compared with that now infamous "rape thesis."
To remind you, a Hebrew University graduate student claimed in her thesis
that the absence of any history of rapes of Arab women by Israeli soldiers
proves that Jews are racists and oppressors, people who do not even regard
Arab women as worthy of being sexually abused. The student at the Mount
Scopus campus and her "research" were then awarded a university honor for
these mpressive "discoveries" by the "Shaine Center," a Herew University
sociology "research" center dominated by far leftists. Nitzan had argued
that abstaining from rape is just as inhumane and oppressive as
"symptomatically raping" and in fact replaces it, because it just serves
to reinforce the intolerance felt toward Arabs by Jewish soldiers. These
racist soldiers think of Arabs as so inferior and horrid that they do not
even feel a compulsion to rape them. While giving some shallow lip service
to how the "question" of rape refusal is "very complex," Nitzan's own
"answer" is quite simple and straightforward - it reflects Jewish racism
Israel, she claimed, is so racist and anti-Arab that abstaining from rape
is part and parcel of its determination to enforce rigid "lines of
division." She asserted that individual soldiers who refuse to rape
represent an intentional policy of oppression roughly similar to when
governments order mass rape, because in both cases the "policy" serves to
subordinate and dehumanize the oppressed victim population. The thesis
drew its "scientific" conclusions from interviews with 25 reserve
soldiers, ages 23-32, who served as combat troops in the "occupied
territories" during the intifada. None of the comments by any of these
soldiers supports or provides any confirmation, even the most indirect, to
any of the lunatic "conclusions" reached by Nitzan.
Facing a storm of public outrage, the president of Hebrew University,
Prof. Menachem Magidor, and the Rector, Prof. Haim D. Rabinowitch, jointly
issued an announcement defending the student and dismissing those who
expressed outrage over the contents of the thesis.
The "Non-Rape as Racism" thesis was co-supervised by one Eyal Ben-Ari, a
Hebrew University professor of sociology, who claims to know something
about the sociology of the military. Ben-Ari is a far-leftist with a track
record of turning out anti-Israel propaganda, such as claims that Israel
is an ultra-militarist society, and much of his propaganda is
misrepresented as scholarly research. The other co-supervisor of the rape
thesis was Ben-Ari's co-author in a book about Israeli "militarism."
Israeli feminist groups never had a word to say about that "thesis" nor
about Ben-Ari's role in inventing the "No rape as Racism" hypothesis.
From his role in the rape thesis, it was already known that Ben-Ari had
goofy ideas about sexual (mis-)behavior. But now it turns out that the
ultra-feminist Israel-bashing professor of sociology practices what he
The very same Professor Eyal Ben-Ari was arrested yesterday for suspected
rape and sexual abuse of his students, and arraigned before the Jerusalem
magistrate's court. It seems that Ben-Ari made it a habit to condition
giving nice grades to and getting research grants for his female students
on their sleeping with him. He was clearly not being racist though,
because he is the same guy who discovered the academic finding that raping
proves you are not racist. The police claim Ben-Ari had been behaving thus
for the past fifteen years! This was not the first Hebrew University
professor arrested for sexual misbehavior.
The Jerusalem weekly "Yediot Yerushalayim" broke the story and claimed
Ben-Ari routinely attacked his female students sexually and violently. It
cited two students who claimed they had been violently raped by Ben-Ari.
He is also accused of using university funds to take his female students
on trips for sexual trysts. He purchased for one of them a vibrator and
then submitted it for reimbursement to the Hebrew University's Shaine
Center (the very same Center that granted an award to the "Non-Rape is
While awaiting trial Ben-Ari is subject to a restraining order preventing
him from entering the Hebrew University campus, as well as an order not to
leave the country. The same ultra-feminists in Israel who insisted that an
(unmarried) cabinet minister be indicted because he gave a French kiss to
a woman in his office have yet to say a word about the behavior of this
member of the Tenured Left.
Haaretz July 31, 2008 reports that female students in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, which claims to
specialize in feminism and social justice, allege that Ben-Ari is not the
only tenured lecher in the department who abuses them sexually, and that
these faculty members walk about boasting of their "conquests" of the PhD
students. Strangely, the university authorities never looked into their
Ben-Ari had also served as a consultant to the Israeli army over the role
of women in the military.