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On the matter of Gender Politics

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on February 18, 2009


Even when the person asked about their “shadow perpetrator” is a woman, does the conversation focus on the ills of men. “Do all men have an inner rapist?” The possibility of asking such a question about women doesn’t even register. Ok, well it actually did – for one line and only through the use of “human” instead of “men”.

Violence, domination , the need for and use of power is assumed when it comes to men, even by men themselves and any attempt to hold women accountable and responsible for violence committed against men and children by women is disregarded. Women and violence doesn’t even compute within the scope of a gender discussion.

What is this other than a willful invisbilization of men? What is this other than a willful denial of reality on the part of women? It is a crime against womanhood, committed by feminism and ultimately by women themselves, in that it denies women their full potential and paints an inaccurate and untrue picture of women and in the end keeps women from achieving any true equality. Feminism in that respect is just another “gender politics” that aims at maintaining status quo, while pretending to liberate women.

Without full accountability and responsibility there can be no true equality. Unless women step up and accept their full potential they will be forever locked in victim hood. Unless we demand of and allow the same for both genders, we cannot expect both genders to grow into Human, because maturity can only be had through accountability and responsibility.

In the 70’s a Finnish-Swedish author, Märta Tikkanen, wrote a book titled “Men cannot be raped”. The book tells a tale of a woman who avenges the rape she suffered at the hands of a man after a “night on the town”. The title of the book is the underlying thread that binds her actions together. She will get away with the atrocities she visits on her rapist, because it is assumed that rape entails two things women are assumed not to have: the physical strength to overpower a man and means by which to penetrate him. The book also assumes that men lack means by which to be raped. In the end the main character succeeds in her intentions to avenge herself and in raping her rapist. Without getting caught.

The book was received with loud cheers and a sense of triumph among Swedish and Finnish feminists as the ultimate revenge on patriarchy. It is still the staple diet of Scandinavian Feminists. While there is nothing wrong with wanting revenge on one’s rapist and it is quite understandable that one would want such a revenge, the general thesis of the book is symptomatic of what is inherently wrong with feminism; the assumption, which it shares with patriarchy, that men cannot, in any true sense, be violated and women cannot in any true sense violate.

A few years ago I hosted a men’s group on line. Women were welcome to participate in the discussions, which dealt with issues ranging from silly jokes to gender, equality and recognition of abuse, as long as they did so with the understanding that they were guests in the men’s home. A majority of the women held and expressed the opinion that men’s statements about being survivors/victims of abuse were offensive to women because such statements, by necessity, must be a negation of women’s reality as survivors/victims of abuse. Some even went as far as to demand that when men shared about their experiences of domestic violence and other abuse in the group, they must first qualify that women’s experiences of domestic violence and abuse are worse and more painful because 1. they are women and 2. there are more women that are abused by men than there are men that are abused by women.

What I am trying to say here is that it’s all good and well that men are being made to understand what kind of impact they have on women’s lives, but if we truly want gender equality and the eventual eradication of gender, we have to see both genders for what they are in terms of violations against humanity. This means that women too have to be made to understand what kind of impact they have on men’s lives and how feminism is screwing both genders to the bone and serving neither men nor women in the long run, but in fact cementing the skewed ideas we have about men and women.

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Olympic torch lit despite protest

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 24, 2008


Olympic Torch Relay ProtestThe Olympic torch has been lit at a ceremony in Greece that was briefly disrupted by pro-Tibet activists. Protesters from media rights group Reporters Without Borders broke through the cordon of 1,000 police officers in Olympia as China’s envoy spoke.Activists had vowed to protest over the violence in and around Tibet.The torch will now be carried around Greece before being sent to China to start a journey through 20 countries, returning to Beijing on 8 August.

The route includes the torch being taken to the top of Mount Everest and through Tibet.

See map of Olympic torch relay route

As Liu Qi, head of the Beijing Olympic organising committee, spoke ahead of the torch lighting, three men broke into the ceremony venue.

One ran up behind him attempting to display a black flag depicting the Olympic rings made from handcuffs.

The men were from the France-based media rights watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders, or RSF), which has called for a boycott of the opening ceremony of the games. More…

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An Activist Choice

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 19, 2008


I received this in my mailbox today:
Boycott Bejing
Big, nice and strong. The sender asks me to boycott the Olympic Games in Bejing. A request I respect although I am not going to do that. There are many reasons for this, however the most prominent reason is that SILENCE and IGNORING isn’t going to change anything. Focusing the world’s spotlights on China, its Human Rights Violations and speaking up during the Games, will eventually give results.
Another reason is that if I were to resort to boycott as a means of protest against human rights violations, I would have to boycott every country in the world, stop eating anything I have not grown myself (including not using any seeds grown elsewhere than in my own garden, which I do not have) and possibly move to a non-existent island somewhere, G-d knows where. I believe that there are other ways and other means to protest and achieve my goals.
Will I be silent? No. Will I stay away from the Games? No. I plan on be blogging about the Games and about the Human Rights violations that takes place in China during the time of the Games. So many people are not aware of what takes place in China. Media will not be silent – see even if the media representatives in China cannot say anything, the media out-side China have no obligation to be silent, and I doubt it will. People who are not normally interested will be informed, awareness will reach out into homes world-wide, where China at best is known for making cheap toys at worst is a white spot on the map.
If, and only if, the entire world chose to implement a sports embargo on China, like it did with the Republic of South Africa, then we would be talking about measures that would work in the way boycotters wish. Against such measures I have no objection. I just wish there would have been a movement PRIOR to the IOC suggesting that China host the Olympic Games in 2008.
I think my choice to not boycott, but instead intensify my vocal protest is as much activism against human rights violations as that of those who chose to boycott.

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Chinese Target Practice

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 17, 2008


At least 80 people have been killed in unrest following protests by Tibetans against Chinese rule, the Tibetan government in exile says. Indian-based officials said the figure was confirmed by several sources, even though China put the death toll at 10.

The Dalai Lama called for an international inquiry into China’s crackdown, accusing it of a “rule of terror” and “cultural genocide”.

Chinese troops were out in force in Lhasa, Tibet’s main city, on Sunday.

Chinese Target Practice

Hong Kong Cable TV reported that about 200 military vehicles, each carrying 40 to 60 armed soldiers, had driven into the city.

Loudspeakers broadcast messages, such as: “Discern between enemies and friends, maintain order.”

China tightly restricts Western journalists’ access to Tibet and it is sometimes extremely difficult to verify what is going on.

This is one of the issues I targeted in Anti-Semitism, A Global Issue as one of the issues that does not get enough attention by Human Rights Groups and Organizations.

2008 is an Olympic Year, and yet the protests and the actions are few and far between. A Free, or at least Autonomous Tibet has been an issue since 1950, almost as long a Israel/Palestine. Yet it has not sparked as much controversy or agitation as Israel/Palestine, especially not in those who most vocally claim to be Guardians of Human Rights for the Downtrodden. It’s pathetic.

Oh, there are a few devout souls of fire who have done more than most, and who relentlessly have brought the plight of the Tibetans to the eye of the world, but China is not being criticized as harshly, or as mercilessly as f.i Israel/Palestine by f.i the Left. The neo-cons will criticize, but their criticism is mostly based in political concerns, rather than in a true sense of out-rage that human rights are being violated. In this respect, the New Left is no better than the Neo-cons when it comes to China and Tibet.

China has a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and a veto vote, why it’s really hard to get to China through UN actions. Another reason the UN needs a thorough reform.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) — The president of the International Olympic Committee rejected the idea of boycotting the Summer Games in Beijing over China’s crackdown in Tibet, saying it would only hurt athletes.

Bejing 2008

“We believe that the boycott doesn’t solve anything,” Jacques Rogge told reporters Saturday on this Caribbean island. “On the contrary, it is penalizing innocent athletes and it is stopping the organization from something that definitely is worthwhile organizing.”

Demonstrations against Chinese rule in Tibet on Friday — the most violent riots there in nearly two decades — left at least 30 protesters dead, according to a Tibetan exile group. Tibetan exiles in India reported as many as 100 dead.

China ordered tourists out of Tibet’s capital and troops patrolled the streets on Saturday.

On a six-day tour of the Caribbean, Rogge expressed condolences for the victims and said he hopes calm will be restored immediately. He declined to say whether the committee would change its stance if violence continues or more people are killed.

“The International Olympic Committee has consistently resisted calls for a boycott of the Olympic games,” Rogge said. He declined to comment further on Tibet during a brief news conference.

The head of the Swiss Olympic Committee told state-owned DRS radio that he is against a boycott but wants the IOC to intervene with China over the troubles in Tibet.

“The Rubicon has been crossed,” Joerg Schild said. “I can’t bring myself to say that we’re going to go there and do sport.”

Personally I agree with Rogge on the issue of mixing sports and politics, however I think that it was mistake to even nominate China, and then accepting that it would host an Olympic Game as long as it hasn’t cleaned up its Human Rights record.

Jacques Rogge promised that Human Rights would be high on the priority list when the IOC discussed the 2008 Games with China. He is now going back on his promise – and no “declined to comment further on Tibet during a brief news conference.” I am sorry, Jacques, but you have your rear full of Tibet and China’s Human Rights violations, all because you did not keep your promise.

Olympic Gag Order

British Olympic chiefs are to force athletes to sign a contract promising not to speak out about China’s appalling human rights record – or face being banned from travelling to Beijing.

The move – which raises the spectre of the order given to the England football team to give a Nazi salute in Berlin in 1936 – immediately provoked a storm of protest.

The controversial clause has been inserted into athletes’ contracts for the first time and forbids them from making any political comment about countries staging the Olympic Games.

It is contained in a 32-page document that will be presented to all those who reach the qualifying standard and are chosen for the team.

From the moment they sign up, the competitors – likely to include the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and world record holder Paula Radcliffe – will be effectively gagged from commenting on China’s politics, human rights abuses or illegal occupation of Tibet.

This is a gag-order. As far as I know, Britain isn’t the only country to take this measure. It is a violation in itself of the Athletes’ Freedom of Expression. It also plays into the hands of the Chinese Government as they will see how Democratic Countries deny the Human Rights of it’s citizens.

SOB

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Media Examples of Virulence…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 11, 2008


Israel, pull no punches in Gaza

Journalist: Richard Chesnoff

Gaza’s Islamic rocket war against Israel is a growing threat. No third party is going to send a proxy force to control Gaza – not the U.S., not NATO.

And while there are clear dangers in the Israeli Army reoccupying the Gaza Strip en force, it increasingly looks like the only way to cleanse Gaza of the terrorist slime that controls it.

Israel withdrew from Gaza with hopes that it might become a shining light of Palestinian independence. Instead, it’s a beacon of bedlam.

Why should Israel have to supply electricity, fuel and other basics to a terror state determined to destroy it? Let Egypt and other Arab states worry about Gaza. Failing that, consider cutting a 10-mile deep trench around the benighted Gaza Strip and pushing it out to sea.

Now, it might be that one is angry, but that kind of verbal attacks leveled at the Palestinian Militants/Terrorists doesn’t do anything to give an objective picture of the events. Yes, it’s an opinion piece, I realize that, but claiming that the rockets being launched from inside Gaza at Israel are “Islamic” is not an opinion, that’s a prejudice and Islamophobic to boot. Suggesting that the entire Palestinian population of Gaza should be pushed into the sea because of the doings of what is still a minority of Palestinians, is no better than suggesting that every Jew in Israel be pushed into the sea. Richard Chesnoff, could do well to think about that.

Police is refusing to pass on the body of the terrorist who murdered eight pupils at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva last week to his family, Army Radio reported Monday. According to the report, police said they would only release the body if the family promises to hold a “humble” funeral with few participants.

The body was due to be released on Sunday, but the police against it, arguing that there were too many mourners gathered at the family home, in violation of an earlier agreement with the family.

On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held consultations with officials regarding the mourning tent erected at the home of the terrorist’s family.

From the National Insurance Institute (NII) inquiry it emerged that the killer’s parents were not entitled to benefit payments for their son’s death. The NII also decided to withhold burial assistance.

That is sure to make tension go away… “a humble funeral”. Now, I can well imagine that the Police has convinced themselves that they want few participants to avoid any clashes and other security risks, but honestly I doubt that to be more than a simple gloss-over.

It’s a nice way of kicking the family in the groin and humiliate them. Oh, sure they raised him, and something they must have passed on – if nothing else a basic idea that taking lives is acceptable. Regardless, that doesn’t justify humiliating his family, even if all male members were somehow involved, which I honestly doubt that they were. A few cousins perhaps, but certainly not his mother and sister. It seems that basically all male members of his family are held in custody by the police, so why deprive his mother and sister of the comfort it gives to have a real funeral?

Let me remind of the Prophet Hezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine. As the soul of the father, also the soul of the son, they are Mine. The soul that sins, it shall die.”

Ala Abu Dhaim is dead, he has paid and rightly so. To make his family pay for his crime is wrong.

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Where are they going?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 11, 2008


Bethlehem, West Bank – Fadi al-Amour and his friends – high school seniors – spent more time last week on the street than in class. Every day, they marched on Rachel’s Tomb, guarded by Israeli soldiers, and, along with hundreds of other young Palestinians, pelted the nearest symbol of Israeli power with rocks and Molotov cocktails.

“We were implementing what our leaders in the prisons tell us we should be doing. Even Marwan Barghouthi has warned that this is where we’re going: the third intifada,” says Mr. Amour, mentioning the Fatah figure jailed by Israel in 2002 for his role in the last intifada, which lasted from 2000 to 2004.

From Gaza rocket strikes and West Bank riots to a deadly shooting inside Jerusalem late last week, many Palestinians are saying – or perhaps hoping – that these incidents of violence will spark a new, much broader conflict with Israel.

Those who are encouraging a further escalation say it’s overdue. Others, including many who remember the misery of past intifadas, worry that this will just drag the Palestinian cause down a dead-end street.

Intifada

“There might be an escalation in the coming weeks and months, and an escalation has already been going on in Gaza in recent weeks and months,” says Ali Jarbawi, a political scientist at Birzeit University, near Ramallah.

But, he says, there might be a danger in rushing to label the events of the last few weeks as the start of another intifada. “People are feeling a sense of despair. They’re frustrated by the [new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations] leading nowhere, and [by] the internal situation between Hamas and Fatah,” he says. “But I don’t see that translating into a concrete, continuous event, which I think is something that defines an intifada. Let’s wait and see.”

Escalation?!! Ok. My wife just said: “I didn’t know the Second Intifada had ended…?!” I have to agree with her. It sounds a bit sensationalist to start talking about a Third Intifada, when the Second is still going on. But then, media has a big part in the conflict’s more virulent elements.

JERUSALEM — The government of Israel said Sunday that it had approved the construction of hundreds of homes in a West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem, a move that could further complicate a peace effort already hobbled by violence.

Givat Zeev settlement

The announcement slightly eased pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert from the right wing in his government, particularly after a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem fatally shot eight students, most of them teenagers, at a prestigious Jewish seminary in western Jerusalem on Thursday.

But the move occurred days before an American envoy, Lt. Gen. William M. Fraser III, was expected to arrive in the region for the first three-party meeting with Israelis and Palestinians on fulfillment of obligations under the 2003 peace plan called the road map.

The plan calls for the Palestinians to halt all violence and for the Israelis to cease all settlement construction, including building meant to accommodate “natural growth.”

Dumb move, Olmert, dumb move. However, being the Prime Minister of Israel cannot be easy. Trying to please both the Right and the Left and the Palestinians. But if he can get the Extremist Settlers to stop their “out-posting”. The word “out-post” is some thing you have in war, along the enemy border, to keep an eye on them – it’s no place to bring your wives and children. Why not just call it un-authorized settlement? That at least would be true.

I am sure all of this is a journalist’s wet dream. Blood, gore, conflict and violence sell news papers and videos, raise the ratings and make a lot of people, including the journalists, rich. So of course it all has to be described as colorful as possible.

Why is it that media is not reporting about the regular Palestinians, Arabs and Israelis, who all go about their lives in a normal fashion. Sure building Settlements is a dumb and illegal idea, but at the same time it creates jobs – the two guys, in the picture of Givat Zeev, are Arabs, who feed their families building those Settlements. Would they have the same opportunity in Palestine? I am not too sure about that. So, every coin has two sides, which one you see is just as much up to you as to chance.

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And the cycle continues

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 10, 2008


Settlers vow revenge over Jerusalem massacre

As violence spirals and calls for peace talks grow, extremists say they will build a new West Bank settlement for each of the eight students killed

Palestinian: Settlement expansion ‘a stick in the wheels’ of peace

JERUSALEM (CNN) — A Palestinian official said Sunday that Israel’s plan to expand settlements in the West Bank was “like putting a stick in the wheels of the peace process.”

Israel Approves West Bank Construction

Olmert Approves New Construction in West Bank Settlement, Angers Palestinians

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian lawmaker near Nablus

Israeli settlers attacked Siham Thabit, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), on Friday while she was driving near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Settlers assaulted the car when it passed the Yizhar settlement, smashing the windshield. Thabit was taken to a hospital in Nablus.

Student killer was ‘good boy with a future’

“He wasn’t crazy, he was just one of us, a normal young guy who said he was heading out and said goodbye to his family on Thursday night,” ‘Mohammed’, a cousin of Abu Dhaim’s said.

“The first thing they heard was when they started getting calls from the media close to midnight on Thursday, saying their son was the gunman, then the Israeli police turned up and took away nine members of the family, even his father.”

While I do not agree with all said in this Blog, I still recommend it as a good source for a basic overview… Informed Comment

That aside – when will it end? When will Israel and Palestine realize that the ongoing spiral of violence, provocations and insults do not serve the individual Peoples?

Hamas and Hezbollah only serve themselves, and Israel is playing hide and seek with the Extremists on both sides. Politicking by both parties, at the expense of the Peoples they claim to represent.

I don’t f**king care about the 1967 borders. Why? Because they are a violation of International Laws. I don’t f**king care about splitting Jerusalem in two. If they can’t agree to share and respect each other’s holy places, then neither of them should have an inch. I care about the Peoples. Yes, the settlers too, and the terrorists – what are they except mirror images of each other? If it weren’t for Extremists on both sides, there would be no war, no violence. There would be Peace and Negotiations.

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Resistance is Futile

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 7, 2008


The most recent events in the Conflict between Israel and Palestine, the incursions and attacks on Palestinian Militant targets by the IDF and the attack on the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem by the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh and Gaza, more than anything illustrates the futility of both sides’ Modus Operandi.

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Israel, Mother of my heart: When has military force, incursions, retaliation and targeting Palestinian Militants ever led to the Militants ceasing their attacks?

Palestine, my Brother: When has terror attacks, targeting civilians, retaliation and celebrating the death of “your enemy” ever given you what you want, A Free and Independent Palestine?

The cycle of violence has been running like crazy for 60 years. Neither of you have what you want. Shouldn’t history teach you something?

Isn’t it time you both look for other ways to get what you want? Israel, you want safety and security for all your Children, how about giving what you want to those who don’t have it? Palestine, you want freedom to exist, to be counted among the Nations of the World, how about you give that to those whom you have been denying it?

How many more dead, how many more living in fear? It doesn’t work. Don’t you see that?

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