I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Honor Killings: When the Ancient and the Modern Collide
My latest SFGate column examines the rise of honor killings in the West, and the challenge to young Muslim women, as well as to Western feminists and other adherents to multiculturalism:
Throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, young Muslim women are being targeted for violence. Lest it be thought hate crimes are to blame, it is, in fact, their own relatives who are the perpetrators. So-called honor killings, whereby a Muslim male family member, typically the father, murders his daughter in order to defend the family's honor, is a growing problem.Continue reading "Honor Killings: When the Ancient and the Modern Collide"
While statistics are notoriously hard to come by due to the private nature of such crimes and the fact that very few are reported, the United Nations Population Fund approximates that as many as 5,000 women are murdered in this manner each year worldwide. Undoubtedly that's a low estimate, as reports from Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories, among other locales, are filtering in at an alarming rate. Add to the list Germany, Sweden, other parts of Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and it's clear that young Muslim women in the West are becoming increasingly vulnerable.
Update: A 2004 Solomonia post points to another honor killing that occurred in the United States--Scottsville, VA, to be exact.
Update (1/24): An NPR interview with Seyran Ates, a women's rights lawyer in Berlin of Turkish origin, sheds light on what she calls the "multicultural mistake" (h/t Phyllis Chesler).
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Juan Cole Peddles Hamas Propaganda on Gaza Blackout
Ever the enabler for the purveyors of radical Islam, professor Juan Cole now lends his voice to peddling Hamas propaganda on the Gaza blackout. I expand on the subject at the Campus Watch blog:
When it comes to off-the-wall commentary on the Middle East conflict, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole is the gift that keeps on giving. If there's anti Israel propaganda to be found, one can be sure Cole will be peddling it at his ironically named blog, Informed Comment. His labeling of Gaza in September, 2007 as "the worst outcome of Western colonialism anywhere in the world outside the Belgian Congo" is a case in point.Read the rest here.
As noted by Noah Pollack at Contentions, Cole's latest blog ramblings ratchet up the hysteria another notch. Not content with alleging persecution of the self-defeating Palestinians, Cole has now decided to crown them with the martyrdom of slavery. As he puts it:
The Israelis are going to have to live in the midst of the Palestinian people for the rest of the century. The Palestinians are not going away. The Israelis cannot wish them away or intimidate them into accepting statelessness, dire poverty, foreign domination and a condition analogous to slavery.
This is reminiscent of accusations of "genocide" against Israel, even as the Palestinian population has grown exponentially over the past several decades. But for Cole, it's par for the course.
Cole's paranoia seems to know no bounds. In the above-referenced post, "Israeli Atrocity on Gaza Civilians," Cole accuses Israel of perpetrating "war crimes" against the residents of Gaza, and of using the U.S. election season to cover them up:
It is a perfect time for the Israeli government to commit a war crime on the miserable civilians of the Gaza Strip. The US primary season has created a news blackout on US television about foreign news…So most Americans will never even know that the Israelis have cut off fuel to Gaza's power plant, depriving tens of thousands of people of electricity.
For this dramatic claim, Cole relies on an Associated Press article that, along with other mainstream media coverage of the blackout, has been subjected to extensive criticism.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Israel Provides Gaza with Electricity, Gaza Responds with Kassam Rockets
Speaking of the surreal spectacle known as the Mideast "peace process" and the international charade that comes with the territory, Naomi Ragen's latest mailing on "Palestinian Chutzpah" says it all:
Picture this: the electric plant which supplies 70% of electricity to the Palestinians in Gaza is in Ashkelon. The Palestinians in Gaza have been shooting kassam rockets at the plant ever since the "disengagement," i.e. the abandonment of Gush Katif. Now, Palestinians are crying that they don't have enough electricity. They are complaining about Israeli sanctions against them. They are going to the U.N.Do you hear crickets chirping? Yeah, me too.
The truth is, Israel has not stopped supplying electricity to Gaza. Not only that, but Israeli electric company employees are risking their lives to do so.
Mickey Tsarfati, head of the union of electrical workers, was quoted in YNet: "It is unbelievable chutzpah for them to complain. We have not stopped supplying them with electricity for a minute. And they have not stopped lobbing bombs at us for a minute." Many of the workers who fix the lines to Gaza daily are residents of Sderot. It has happened more than once that bombs fell next to their homes as they were fixing the lines to supply electricity to the bombers.
Now the U.N. and the Quartet, and the Arab League are all getting demands to stop Israeli "sanctions" against the Gazans....
You tell me what other country would be supplying electricity to people who are bombing their children on a daily basis, and risking their lives to do so.
Update: Honest Reporting sets the record straight on widespread allegations in the mainstream media that Israel has cut off electricity to Gaza. In fact, Hamas shut down Gaza's only power station and invited reporters to watch, thereby using the staged event to spread the usual calumnies against Israel. Once again, the Western media is complicit in aiding Islamic terrorism.
Update II: The Electricity Libel, as I'm now calling it, is leading to all sorts of hysteria from the usual suspects, chief among them University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole who's now injected slavery into the discussion. Noah Pollack weighs in on the matter at Contentions.