America is hardly the only country where the far left dominates academia. When a study showed the Israel Defense Forces commit rape at far lower rates than other “occupying armies,” a research paper suggesting political reasons for the low incidence won a prize! Hillel Fendel reports for IsraelNN.com:
A research paper that won a Hebrew University teachers’ committee prize finds that the lack of IDF rapes of Palestinian women is designed to serve a political purpose.
The abstract of the paper, authored by doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan, notes that the paper shows that “the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals.”
The next sentence delineates the particular goals that are realized in this manner: “In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences – just as organized military rape would have done.”
The paper further theorizes that Arab women in Judea and Samaria are not raped by IDF soldiers because the women are de-humanized in the soldiers’ eyes.
Read the whole story at the link above. Why, sure! The IDF does NOT rape Palestinian women, so they must be “de-humaniz[ing]” them! And it accomplishes the same political objective an organized rape effort would!
And this tripe not only doesn’t get the authors laughed out of the program – it wins a prize!