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The Daily TIP: Bedeviled by Anti-Israel Boycotters at Duke

Posted by Tip Staff - November 28, 2017

Bedeviled by Anti-Israel Boycotters at Duke
Khamenei Reaffirms Fatwa Prohibiting Women from Riding Bicycles
Hamas Refuses to Disarm, Threatens to Send Weapons to West Bank
Israeli Medical Clowns Raise Awareness of Their Trade in Los Angeles

Bedeviled by Anti-Israel Boycotters at Duke

I recently met a couple who told me that their Jewish daughter attends Duke University, which they believe to be a great school for Jewish students. I would be pleased to share their enthusiasm. But in certain pockets of that institution, a serious, faculty-driven, anti-Israel bias exists, often expressed publicly and unreservedly.

Recently, Duke University Press (DUP) published The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, by Jasbir Puar. Elsewhere, I have written about Paur’s modernized brand of blood libel, which often relies on the fog of absurd, self-consciously academic jargon to disseminate anti-Semitism. At least six members of Duke’s Editorial Advisory Board and a number of DUP staff members publicly support initiatives related to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. As the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) explains, “The predominant drive of the BDS campaign and its leadership is not criticism of policies, but the demonization and delegitimization of Israel.”

No less a source than the U.S. Department of State recognizes the demonization of Israel, the application of a double standard to that nation, and attempts to delegitimize it, as three distinct examples of anti-Semitism. Numerous members of the faculty and staff at Duke commonly engage in such acts. Sometimes, the validity of an entire department may be in question.

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Khamenei Reaffirms Fatwa Prohibiting Women from Riding Bicycles

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reaffirmed a fatwa declaring that women are forbidden to ride bicycles in public and in the presence of strangers that are not part of their immediate family, Radio Farda reported on Monday.

Khamenei’s so-called fatwa office reported in August 2016 that “from the ayatollah’s point of view, women are only permitted to ride motorbikes or bicycles so long as it does not attract strangers or lead to corrupt behavior.” The statement added: “Therefore, women should contemplate where and in what situation they will ride a bicycle. If they respect the said points, then riding bicycles for them would be permissible.”

President Hassan Rouhani’s deputy for women affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, confirmed the guidelines shortly after the announcement. “According to the supreme leader’s office, riding bicycles by women is permissible, provided they respect the principles of shari’a law,” she said.

However, ultra-conservative outlets continue to refer to comments made by Khamenei 21 years ago at a meeting with the staff of the Physical Education Organization, in which he insisted that “It is improper for girls to ride bicycles on the streets of Tehran. And ostentation and attracting strangers is also forbidden for women in sports.”

The fatwa sparked a social media movement of woman posting pictures of themselves riding bikes. The Independent reported in September 2016.

Despite President Rouhani pledging to improve the freedoms of the citizens of Iran, international observers have observed that the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic continues to deteriorate.

Hamas Refuses to Disarm, Threatens to Send Weapons to West Bank

Despite a reconciliation agreement with Fatah, the main Palestinian faction, Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza, still refuses to disarm and has threatened to send its arms into the West Bank to build a terrorist infrastructure there, the Associated Press reported Monday.

As part of the reconciliation agreement between the two factions, the Palestinian Authority, which is run by Fatah, is demanding that Hamas disarm, so that it can gain security control over Gaza. As of Sunday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said that Fatah has only been able to assume control over 5% of Gaza, which remains under the military and political control of Hamas.

Not only does Hamas refuse to disarm, it is threatening to transfer its arsenal to the West Bank.

"These weapons will not be touched. It's not for debate or talk," Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, told the AP. He added, "These weapons will clearly move to the West Bank to battle the (Israeli) occupation there. It's our right to fight the occupation until it ends."

Last month, Iran's PressTV reported that Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy political chief of Hamas, said, “We don’t accept it at all,” of the condition that Hamas disarm. Al-Arouri said that Hamas also rejected the condition that it must recognize Israel. He added that Hamas would never cut its ties with Tehran, referring to a condition mentioned by Israel’s security cabinet made earlier as necessary for it to negotiate with the Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Medical Clowns Raise Awareness of Their Trade in Los Angeles

The Israel-based I Clown You Project brought two Dream Doctor medical clowns, David Barashi and Rotem Goldenberg, from Israel to Los Angeles earlier this month for a weeklong series of events, lectures, hospital visits, workshops and seminars.

The project aims to grow awareness in the United States around the profession of professional medical clowning and its value both in the hospital and in daily life.

In Israel, medical clowning is a recognized healthcare profession. Barashi and Goldenberg are among the 100 members of the Dream Doctors Project.

Barashi heads the medical clown unit at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem and has worked with child and adult patients and victims of disasters in Nepal, Haiti and Uganda. Goldenberg works in settings including a hospital, a religious boarding school and a youth mental health center.

The trip was organized with the support of Sinai Temple, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts.

The clowns and I Clown You director Sasha Kapustina visited UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, gave a seminar at the UCLA anthropology department and workshops at the UCLA and USC drama departments, and spoke at the UCLA Center for Israel Studies.

“The humanist message of the project is more timely than ever before in the current atmosphere of division and hostility,” said Kapustina, whose English-Hebrew-Arabic documentary was featured on ISRAEL21c in October 2015.

(via Israel21c)

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