The real reason Israeli soldiers don’t rape Palestinian women

We take a break for a rare political post. (Update: Link now included.)

Update: Israel Satire Laboratory’s take on it–it’s almost too easy.

The newspaper Makor Rishon writes about a recent study by researcher Tal Nitzan and published by the Hebrew University’s Shein Center for Social Studies. According to the study, the reason Israeli soldiers refrain from raping Palestinian women in the occupied territories is not because the soldiers are more humane. In fact the opposite is true–Nitzan claims Israeli soldiers don’t rape because they have been taught to dehumanize Palestinian women. Nitzan also maintains that soldiers don’t want the Arab population to increase through pregnancies as a result; according to Nitzan that would be considered an ason leumi–a national tragedy.

The Israeli Sociology Association awarded the report a mark of excellence.

Here’s a quote from the study:

As Israelis/Jews, who view themselves as moral, the soldiers find it difficult to commit military rapes. It seems that (in Bosnia) men identified themselves as Serbians through committing public group rapes of Bosnian women; Jews identify themselves as non-rapists, non-assimilationists, as a nation unique in the embrace of God. Rape and non-rape are two sides of the same coin, and in different situations the use of either can lead to the same results. [emphasis and translation mine]

Nitzan notes that the Israeli army is the only one not to commit mass rapes when it occupies another country.

Somehow I doubt that Nitzan would praise Israeli soldiers if they were in the habit of raping Palestinian women.

Comments

  1. Mom, is “this is insane” too strong a reaction? Why would anyone even THINK about our boys raping Palestinian women?

  2. satiricohen says

    This is perfectly representative of what is going on in the sociology faculties in
    Israel.
    They are really really stupid, and extremely anti-Semitic.Ooops – redundancy alert…

  3. Stunning.
    There are no words.

  4. Mother, this is a bizarre post. Why do Israeli soldiers not rape? Why do American GIs not rape. Being a soldier does not constitute being a criminal.
    Also you had what sounded like a gossipy post weeks ago about the IBL having problems and you thought it time for you to spread neative. Why are you not supporting something which has the potential to be so positive and was such a great thing last summer rather than spreading possibly true and possibly not things? Cmon.. what do they teach you in shul!

  5. Mother, this is a bizarre post. Why do Israeli soldiers not rape? Why do American GIs not rape. Being a soldier does not constitute being a criminal.
    Also you had what sounded like a gossipy post weeks ago about the IBL having problems and you thought it time for you to spread neative. Why are you not supporting something which has the potential to be so positive and was such a great thing last summer rather than spreading possibly true and possibly not things? Cmon.. what do they teach you in shul!

  6. Mother, this is a bizarre post. Why do Israeli soldiers not rape? Why do American GIs not rape. Being a soldier does not constitute being a criminal.
    Also you had what sounded like a gossipy post weeks ago about the IBL having problems and you thought it time for you to spread neative. Why are you not supporting something which has the potential to be so positive and was such a great thing last summer rather than spreading possibly true and possibly not things? Cmon.. what do they teach you in shul!

  7. Poor girl! She needs phsychiatrist! Urgently! Unfortunately,she is not the only one. What is going on in our higher school? Maybe there is a serious virus? And I know the name of this virus! Everybody knows!

  8. Poor girl! She needs phsychiatrist! Urgently! Unfortunately,she is not the only one. What is going on in our higher school? Maybe there is a serious virus? And I know the name of this virus! Everybody knows!

  9. Poor girl! She needs phsychiatrist! Urgently! Unfortunately,she is not the only one. What is going on in our higher school? Maybe there is a serious virus? And I know the name of this virus! Everybody knows!

  10. Poor girl! She needs phsychiatrist! Urgently! Unfortunately,she is not the only one. What is going on in our higher school? Maybe there is a serious virus? And I know the name of this virus! Everybody knows!

  11. Abba, the researcher’s conclusion was bizarre, and offensive, especially to this mother of future soldiers.
    Regarding the IBL, I am waiting for you to send me additional information. No matter how much you enjoy their games, the IBL is a business like any other.

  12. Abba, the researcher’s conclusion was bizarre, and offensive, especially to this mother of future soldiers.
    Regarding the IBL, I am waiting for you to send me additional information. No matter how much you enjoy their games, the IBL is a business like any other.

  13. Abba, the researcher’s conclusion was bizarre, and offensive, especially to this mother of future soldiers.
    Regarding the IBL, I am waiting for you to send me additional information. No matter how much you enjoy their games, the IBL is a business like any other.

  14. Abba, the researcher’s conclusion was bizarre, and offensive, especially to this mother of future soldiers.
    Regarding the IBL, I am waiting for you to send me additional information. No matter how much you enjoy their games, the IBL is a business like any other.

  15. Oh! Now I understand why israeli soldiers do not eat palestinian children! This is because they are rasists! Shame on them!

  16. Oh! Now I understand why israeli soldiers do not eat palestinian children! This is because they are rasists! Shame on them!

  17. Oh! Now I understand why israeli soldiers do not eat palestinian children! This is because they are rasists! Shame on them!

  18. Oh! Now I understand why israeli soldiers do not eat palestinian children! This is because they are rasists! Shame on them!

  19. justmakingitup says

    This is utterly illogical. It has been proven time and again that when soldiers rape, they often do so because they view the enemy as less than human and therefore not subject to the same rules of civilization those soldiers normally hold themselves to. So to argue that Israeli soldiers do *not* rape for exactly those same reasons makes no sense at all. Bizarre.

  20. Lion of Zion says

    “published by the Hebrew University’s Shein Center for Social Studies”
    i could see living in israel and paying crazy taxes thinking some of it goes to good jewish causes. but for this?

  21. praise for not raping them? I guess it is such a basic thing to do that you get praised for not doing it.

  22. Of course, this piece of work deserved a satire – and now it has it:
    http://israelisatirelab.blogspot.com/2007/12/sociologist-uncovers-new-israeli.html

  23. Bob Einstein says

    I now know that my water company has a conspiracy going because I haven’t drowned myself, just like that electric co. because I haven’t electricuted anyone lately.

  24. Bob Einstein says

    Where does one get grants to write stuff like this ?
    I also have a theory that the earth is still flat

  25. Bob Einstein says

    Where does one get grants to write stuff like this ?
    I also have a theory that the earth is still flat

  26. Bob Einstein says

    Where does one get grants to write stuff like this ?
    I also have a theory that the earth is still flat

  27. Wow. I’m in the U.S., just read this story. I’m stunned. Do your ‘professors’ realize that their own nation is surrounded by Islamic enemies, who don’t give a damn about how much they appease them? I’m utterley stunned and genuinley saddened that you have traitors in your midst while surrounded as you all are. Thank God you have a kick ass military!

  28. Wow. I’m in the U.S., just read this story. I’m stunned. Do your ‘professors’ realize that their own nation is surrounded by Islamic enemies, who don’t give a damn about how much they appease them? I’m utterley stunned and genuinley saddened that you have traitors in your midst while surrounded as you all are. Thank God you have a kick ass military!

  29. Wow. I’m in the U.S., just read this story. I’m stunned. Do your ‘professors’ realize that their own nation is surrounded by Islamic enemies, who don’t give a damn about how much they appease them? I’m utterley stunned and genuinley saddened that you have traitors in your midst while surrounded as you all are. Thank God you have a kick ass military!

  30. Wow. I’m in the U.S., just read this story. I’m stunned. Do your ‘professors’ realize that their own nation is surrounded by Islamic enemies, who don’t give a damn about how much they appease them? I’m utterley stunned and genuinley saddened that you have traitors in your midst while surrounded as you all are. Thank God you have a kick ass military!

  31. What is the MOST stunning about this is that they contradict their own study!! The quote you posted shows they are wrong – “Jews identify themselves as non-rapists” – and they wrote it!
    I have a headache, now….

  32. What is the MOST stunning about this is that they contradict their own study!! The quote you posted shows they are wrong – “Jews identify themselves as non-rapists” – and they wrote it!
    I have a headache, now….

  33. What is the MOST stunning about this is that they contradict their own study!! The quote you posted shows they are wrong – “Jews identify themselves as non-rapists” – and they wrote it!
    I have a headache, now….

  34. What is the MOST stunning about this is that they contradict their own study!! The quote you posted shows they are wrong – “Jews identify themselves as non-rapists” – and they wrote it!
    I have a headache, now….

  35. On Friday night I asked my husband if he read that story in Makor (we get it on Fridays) and before I could even finish the sentence he asked “About rape?”
    Unbelievable. No, scratch that. After living here all these years, I find it all too believable that this garbage is considered true academia that should be rewarded with a prize. I’m so ashamed.

  36. On Friday night I asked my husband if he read that story in Makor (we get it on Fridays) and before I could even finish the sentence he asked “About rape?”
    Unbelievable. No, scratch that. After living here all these years, I find it all too believable that this garbage is considered true academia that should be rewarded with a prize. I’m so ashamed.

  37. On Friday night I asked my husband if he read that story in Makor (we get it on Fridays) and before I could even finish the sentence he asked “About rape?”
    Unbelievable. No, scratch that. After living here all these years, I find it all too believable that this garbage is considered true academia that should be rewarded with a prize. I’m so ashamed.

  38. On Friday night I asked my husband if he read that story in Makor (we get it on Fridays) and before I could even finish the sentence he asked “About rape?”
    Unbelievable. No, scratch that. After living here all these years, I find it all too believable that this garbage is considered true academia that should be rewarded with a prize. I’m so ashamed.

  39. balabusta in blue jeans says

    I’m still sort of blinking on this one, even after seeing it posted elsewhere.
    Lack of rape indicates, among other things, good discipline, and a civilian and military culture that would see rape as inappropriate. Also, I would suspect, the fact that there is no occupation in the conventional sense, this is a conflict limited to border control and periodic goal-oriented raids and attacks.
    The population increase thing is ridiculous. To be extremely crude, I think even the most stupid and criminally inclined of soldiers can work out that Palestinian women can probably get pregnant with their husbands just fine.
    I daresay the women of Bosnia would have preferred it if Serbs had identified themselves culturally by not raping. This is just a guess.
    And I am a tad offended that “Nitzan notes that the Israeli army is the only one not to commit mass rapes when it occupies another country.” I am not going to say that the U.S. military has a perfectly spotless record when it comes to sexual abuse, but ‘mass rapes’ we don’t do.
    Ghhhhaahhhh.

  40. Societies get into trouble when they start believing myths, such as the conclusions of the Nitzan paper. The only award such trash is worthy of is the IgNobel prize, and even that is debatable.

  41. I am distributing it here:
    http://www.eussner.net/schaf_2005-08-31_14-41-03.html
    Scheisse schwemmt nach oben. Hebraeer-Weisheit. Sociologist Uncovers New Israeli Abomination: IDF Soldiers Not Raping Arab Women! By satiricohen, Israeli Satire Laboratory, December 23, 2007
    http://tinyurl.com/2ender
    Vergewaltigungssoziologie. Lizas Welt, 28. Dezember 2007
    http://lizaswelt.blogspot.com/2007/12/vergewaltigungssoziologie.html
    The real reason Israeli soldiers don’t rape Palestinian women. A Mother in Israel, December 21, 2007
    http://tinyurl.com/3au6zq

  42. That woman Tal Nitzan needs serious help, a regular stationary psychatric place would be the best.
    Sorry, but this woman must be insane. Maybe she’s one of the poor and ill who wish to be raped (yes, that exists…)

  43. to rape a person means to have sexual intercourse with a person against their will. Dehumanise means to deprive of positive human qualities. Therefore, by raping someone you are not dehumanising them as it is not possible to rape something that is not human.

  44. However late I may be with my comment, I cannot allow ?Chubby?s? comment to go unanswered, even though Chubby?s psychotic logic shames itself, without help from anyone else. Still, where Chubby says, ?…as it is not possible to rape something that is not human? begs a point worth repeating here? that this is the mind set of the dehumanizer in all of history; certainly it was present during the Holocaust, but used to dehumanize Jews and rationalize the crimes of the Third Reich. Substitute rape with any of the favorite Nazi atrocities (besides rape)?occupation of land and theft of property, torture, starvation, mass slaughter, genocide. This notion of the Other as ?not human? is the essential character of evil. And it was given permission by ordinary Germans through their silence.
    As for the general subject, the question as to why Israeli soldiers do not rape Palestinian women misses the elephant in the room?the question should be, why are Israeli soldiers in a position to rape Palestinian women in the first place? For that matter, why do Israeli soldiers assist in the occupation of Palestinian land, the theft of Palestinian territory, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, and what is tantamount to genocide (Gaza, etc.)?
    http://www.btselem.org/english/About_BTselem/2006_Activity_Report.asp
    http://www.countercurrents.org/pappe280108.htm
    Those are the larger questions. Why the blind and deaf denial of such crimes among some in Israel? Could it be the answer is that these things are not happening, because it is not possible to do them to ?something that is not human??
    ?L?eau, in America
    http://www.thomasinapaine.blogspot.com/

  45. However late I may be with my comment, I cannot allow ?Chubby?s? comment to go unanswered, even though Chubby?s psychotic logic shames itself, without help from anyone else. Still, where Chubby says, ?…as it is not possible to rape something that is not human? begs a point worth repeating here? that this is the mind set of the dehumanizer in all of history; certainly it was present during the Holocaust, but used to dehumanize Jews and rationalize the crimes of the Third Reich. Substitute rape with any of the favorite Nazi atrocities (besides rape)?occupation of land and theft of property, torture, starvation, mass slaughter, genocide. This notion of the Other as ?not human? is the essential character of evil. And it was given permission by ordinary Germans through their silence.
    As for the general subject, the question as to why Israeli soldiers do not rape Palestinian women misses the elephant in the room?the question should be, why are Israeli soldiers in a position to rape Palestinian women in the first place? For that matter, why do Israeli soldiers assist in the occupation of Palestinian land, the theft of Palestinian territory, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, and what is tantamount to genocide (Gaza, etc.)?
    http://www.btselem.org/english/About_BTselem/2006_Activity_Report.asp
    http://www.countercurrents.org/pappe280108.htm
    Those are the larger questions. Why the blind and deaf denial of such crimes among some in Israel? Could it be the answer is that these things are not happening, because it is not possible to do them to ?something that is not human??
    ?L?eau, in America
    http://www.thomasinapaine.blogspot.com/

  46. However late I may be with my comment, I cannot allow ?Chubby?s? comment to go unanswered, even though Chubby?s psychotic logic shames itself, without help from anyone else. Still, where Chubby says, ?…as it is not possible to rape something that is not human? begs a point worth repeating here? that this is the mind set of the dehumanizer in all of history; certainly it was present during the Holocaust, but used to dehumanize Jews and rationalize the crimes of the Third Reich. Substitute rape with any of the favorite Nazi atrocities (besides rape)?occupation of land and theft of property, torture, starvation, mass slaughter, genocide. This notion of the Other as ?not human? is the essential character of evil. And it was given permission by ordinary Germans through their silence.
    As for the general subject, the question as to why Israeli soldiers do not rape Palestinian women misses the elephant in the room?the question should be, why are Israeli soldiers in a position to rape Palestinian women in the first place? For that matter, why do Israeli soldiers assist in the occupation of Palestinian land, the theft of Palestinian territory, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, and what is tantamount to genocide (Gaza, etc.)?
    http://www.btselem.org/english/About_BTselem/2006_Activity_Report.asp
    http://www.countercurrents.org/pappe280108.htm
    Those are the larger questions. Why the blind and deaf denial of such crimes among some in Israel? Could it be the answer is that these things are not happening, because it is not possible to do them to ?something that is not human??
    ?L?eau, in America
    http://www.thomasinapaine.blogspot.com/

  47. mother in israel says

    L’eau, I agree that Chubby’s comment doesn’t make sense. As for the rest of your comment, it’s hard to have a dialogue with someone who believes that Israel’s policies are “tantamount to genocide.”

  48. mother in israel says

    L’eau, I agree that Chubby’s comment doesn’t make sense. As for the rest of your comment, it’s hard to have a dialogue with someone who believes that Israel’s policies are “tantamount to genocide.”

  49. mother in israel says

    L’eau, I agree that Chubby’s comment doesn’t make sense. As for the rest of your comment, it’s hard to have a dialogue with someone who believes that Israel’s policies are “tantamount to genocide.”

  50. mother in israel says

    L’eau, I agree that Chubby’s comment doesn’t make sense. As for the rest of your comment, it’s hard to have a dialogue with someone who believes that Israel’s policies are “tantamount to genocide.”

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