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Thursday, July 28, 2011

'Arab Spring' hasn't quite caught the feminist bug yet...

A couple of words about the video embedded in this post:

1.  This is a video of a recent interview (i.e. conducted after the fall of Mubarak's regime in Egypt).

Update: I missed the huge date stamp at the beginning. Doh!

2.  I watched the video with a friend who speaks Arabic fluently (he was born and raised in Egypt and speaks/understands several of the local dialects as a native speaker).  The translation is faithful with the exception of glossing over a few idioms... the lack of which doesn't change the overall message.

3.  Despite the title of the video, the female Egyptian lawyer being interviewed never actually calls for the rape of Israeli women.  In fact, when it seems she is going in that direction, the interviewer specifically asks her... and she says that is not what she means.  However, from the point of a native speaker, it is clear that she is leaving the door wide open for whatever consequences might come from 'harassment'.

And now... on with the show:

 

Posted by David Bogner on July 28, 2011 | Permalink

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Sounds like the squad from Dubai ought to have a new assignment, this time bringing along their own cameras and various props. Any volunteers?

Posted by: Barzilai | Jul 28, 2011 4:10:30 PM

As an afterthought, it makes me wonder what kind of international outcry there would be if any Israeli were to make a public statement like that regarding Palestinian women. I mena seriously, it's bad enough that we steal their organs, but now we're advocating raping them?! :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jul 28, 2011 4:20:38 PM

David, this is not at all recent. It's been around for years. The date tag on the clip was 2008.

What I find interesting here is her response to the claim that sexual harassment is illegal and might these boys be getting themselves into trouble. She says that in most Arab countries sexual harassment its not illegal! If Arab women have no legal claim when they are sexually harassed, why should Israeli women?

Is this perhaps some kind of veiled call for help from this unveiled woman who may have been raped many times herself and as a woman, despite her prestige as a lawyer, found that she had no legal way of bringing criminal or civil charges against her attackers?

Posted by: Andy | Jul 28, 2011 4:57:31 PM

David, this is not at all recent. It's been around for years. The date tag on the clip was 2008.

What I find interesting here is her response to the claim that sexual harassment is illegal and might these boys be getting themselves into trouble. She says that in most Arab countries sexual harassment its not illegal! If Arab women have no legal claim when they are sexually harassed, why should Israeli women?

Is this perhaps some kind of veiled call for help from this unveiled woman who may have been raped many times herself and as a woman, despite her prestige as a lawyer, found that she had no legal way of bringing criminal or civil charges against her attackers?

Posted by: Andy | Jul 28, 2011 4:57:31 PM

Andy... How did I miss that!? Thanks.

Posted by: Treppenwitz | Jul 28, 2011 6:37:31 PM

look, i think arabs have no right to be in [pick a part of israel]. can i just go in and harass the hell out of the local arab girls there?

Posted by: fred | Jul 28, 2011 7:28:15 PM

Does she mean in Israel,or women visting Egypt? Whatever,after the Logan incident,I take this very seriously.I remember hearing that Arab radio broadcasts before the 67 war also mentioned rape as something that would follow the defeat of Israel

Posted by: ED | Jul 29, 2011 3:38:07 AM

Neanderthals.

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Jul 29, 2011 9:27:07 PM

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