Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Stephen Erlanger unsurprisingly thrums his lyre a bit more to the theme of in-the-end-there's-a-blame-Israel angle-to-everything for which The New Duranty Times has become famous:
"The report notes that the Palestinian Authority is not a sovereign state [of what relevance is that? Does it not have total control in Gaza, where the mistreatment is most acute?], that the West Bank is under Israeli occupation [a loaded term, and in any case -- what is the relevance to the mistreatment of Muslim women by Muslim men?], and that the current fighting with Israel [which is generated entirely by the continued firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza, and terrorists who continue to plot and carry out attacks from the "West Bank"] which intensified in 2000 [why was that? Who declared the "Intifada" of 2000 and set it going? Anyone? No one? It just happened?], has only weakened the sway and reduced the resources of the Palestinian administration and the police [poveretti]."
"The report also urges Israel to ease travel restrictions for judges, emergency workers and social service providers and to help Palestinian victims of abuse use shelters in Israel, including those used by Arab citizens of Israel."
And this is how Stephen Erlanger, so indifferent and so bored with Israel and those who wish to do it as much harm as possible, so ignorant and apparently in no hurry to learn about Islam teaches, the clear tenets of this belief-system and the attitudes and atmospherics naturally are to be found in societies suffused with Islam:
So the reader is left, in Erlanger's lazy and ill-written [Farida Deif is described as "the other co-author" with that unnecessary "other" so glaringly un-excised] piece, with the feeling that if only Israel were to supply those battered-women's shelters, and whisk judges -- what? family court judges for Muslim families? Dr. Ruth, or Dr. Phil? What, exactly? -- from "West Bank" to Gaza, and above all, if those fiendish Israelis would start pumping money and jobs back into the economy of those whose declared aim is, sooner (Hamas) or later (Fatah) to destroy the people and state of Israel, and if, furthermore, the Infidel nations would only reinstitute the Jizyah of foreign aid (rather than suggesting that the Muslim Arabs who constitute the "Palestinians" ask fellow members of the ummah, such as Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., if they could spare just one hour's unearned oil revenues rather than take for granted the turning on of the Jizyah-spigot from the Western, non-Muslim taxpayers.
Oh, it was quite a piece -- seemingly aninnocent, summary of a perfectly innocent (so we have been taught to believe) Human Rights Watch report, but still managing to bristle with all kinds of anti-Israel and pro-Jihad assumptions.
And not a word, not a single word, about the texts of Islam that would help the readers of The New Duranty Times understand why the mistreatment of women is so deeply and naturally a part of Muslim societies, and that only where someone or some outside power -- Ataturk in Turkey, Bourguiba in Tunisia, the Shah in Iran, Soviet commissars in Central Asia -- have managed to constrain the power of Islam, has there been any diminishment in the mistreatment of women under Islam.
That would require Stephen Erlanger to actually read Qur'an and Hadith and to find out how Muhammad, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil, treated women. And that would also require him not only to read, but to ponder what he had read, to thoroughly assimilate it, to understand it and to relate it to observable practices in Muslim countries or in Muslim societies within non-Muslim countries.
And that would be asking too much.
Posted on 11/07/2006 10:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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