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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 05:49 PM
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30. But that's not true at all...
I just did a quick google, and found quite a bit on the rights of Palestinian women...

http://www.womensenews.org/story/the-world/050405/palestinian-womens-rights-lost-power-shifts

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=16028

Y'know, the reason that women's rights aren't one of the issues covered by Free Gaza would be the same as why discrimination towards women in Israel isn't covered by CAMERA or other partisan pro-Israel sites. All of them focus on the occupation itself.

I don't see much from the left on the extreme and widespread discrimination towards women that goes on in India. Unfortunately women's rights are all too often pushed into the background and only brought to light as part of an another agenda. For example, I remember long before 9/11 when most people had no idea who the Taliban were, RAWA existed and was documenting the abuse of women. But after 9/11, suddenly Bush was using the treatment of Afghan women as a justification for invading Afghanistan, even though prior to that their treatment just didn't raise much interest at all. I was posting on a forum back then that allowed conservatives to post, and as soon as I voiced my opposition to the US bombing the crap out of Afghanistan, I was labelled a supporter of the Taliban, despite the fact that I'd been posting about the abuse of Afghan women long before that. In the case of Palestinian women, I strongly oppose the occupation, and strongly oppose discrimination towards women. There's no either/or about it as far as I'm concerned...

I'm not too familiar with Chesler, but I'm aware she's a RW type. I had a quick look at some stuff she'd written and while I disagree with much of it, she's got it right with her support of reproductive rights for women in the US. I just don't think it was a case of her being approached because no-one else would listen in this case, but of her picking up on the story and running with it...
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