October 21, 2010
Phyllis Chesler has the situation well summed-up, in her final paragraph quoted below. But in the fight to delegitimise Israel, anything goes!
It’s now official: Apartheid is a feminist issue. For years, I [Phyllis Chesler] have been challenging feminists to take up this cause. Had I finally found oil, discovered gold?
I received an invitation via email, both in English and in French, which began:
Calling all feminists…We are inviting you to participate in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sections) 2010 Conference…from October 22 to 24, 2010, artists, academics, activists…and concerned individuals will converge upon Montreal for this historic conference, which aims to consolidate and push forward the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid…”The Conference workshop ‘Israeli Apartheid as a Feminist Issue’…[will] explore ways in which feminist organizations in Quebec, Canada and beyond can contribute to the BDS movement.
Ah, for a minute there I thought the conference would actually address real apartheid, namely that which is practiced by Islam in terms of both gender and religious apartheid; and indeed, in Gaza and on the West Bank, where honor-related violence, including honor killings, normalized domestic violence, forced veiling, polygamy, arranged child marriage and Arab female illiteracy, is rife and rampant.
No such luck.