Israeli professor says only rape can deter Hamas

Dr. Mordechai Kedar said the only thing that can deter Palestinian fighters was if they knew their mothers and sisters would be raped.

Israeli professor says only rape can deter Hamas

World Bulletin / News Desk

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a right-wing Israeli professor at the Bar-Ilan University, has suggested that the only way to stop Palestinians from carrying out attacks on Israeli targets is to rape their mothers and sisters.

Speaking to a Hebrew-language radio show, Haaretz reported that the professor said, “the only thing that deters them is if they know that their sister or their mother will be raped in the event that they are caught.”

“The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped,” he added. “That’s the only thing that will bring him back home, in order to preserve his sister’s honor.”

Although the Bar-Ilan University released a statement to clarify that Professor Kedar was not advocating using rape as a tactic of war, feminist activists in Israel in a letter warned that the professor's words could incite “Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Israeli civilians to commit rape, and endanger both Israeli and Palestinian women.”

“Kedar’s words echo expressions that treat rape as a remedial practice, although it is a war crime,” the letter to Bar-Ilan University president Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz noted.

A 72-hour humanitarian truce began in the Gaza Strip at 08:00am local time (05:00GMT) on Friday at a U.N. request to help civilians stock up on food.

The truce comes following 25 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which killed at least 1458 Palestinians – mostly civilians – and injured more than 8000 others.

Israel claims that the offensive aims to undermine the ability of Palestinian factions to fire rockets at Israeli cities.

According to Israeli figures, at least 61 soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters and three civilians by rocket fire.

Israel's military operation, codenamed "Operation Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ağustos 2014, 11:14