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September 8, 2014 12:06 pm

Naomi Wolf’s Embrace of Hamas Talking Points Spells the Fall of a Feminist Icon

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This Thursday, Sept. 11th, Naomi Wolf and I will be debating the question, “Is Israel Guilty of Genocide In Its War Against Hamas?” at the Manhattan Jewish Experience on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Naomi is a friend of mine. We both have history at Oxford. She earned her degree as a Rhodes scholar and I served as rabbi to the students for 11 years. Naomi reached out to me for a book she was writing and having been a fan of her work I greatly enjoyed making her acquaintance. She subsequently attended Shabbat dinner with my family.

Naomi’s books have raised important issues particularly in the realm of women’s rights and social justice, which is why I was shocked when I learned that Naomi was involved in a blood libel against the State of Israel with false and shocking allegations of a Palestinian genocide.

In The New York Observer, I pointed out that genocide is the targeting of a distinct ethnic group for mass murder and extermination. Describing Israel’s righteous and defensive war against the Hamas terrorists death cult as a genocide is itself an abomination.

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Naomi responded to my article by asking whether the war in Gaza is what God truly wants from the Jewish people, and mused on whether it is worth having a Jewish state if it means we must ferociously fight enemies and become hardened as a result.

I, in turn, responded that in all her condemnations of Israel, Naomi manages to virtually omit all mention of the brutal attacks and true genocidal ambitions that Hamas has toward the Jewish state and the Jews. Naomi said in an interview later that she never meant by her words that the Jews didn’t need a Jewish state. I challenged her to a public debate and she graciously accepted.

Naomi asserts that she tries her very best to “be always non-partisan” and endorses “a two-state solution as supported by Jimmy Carter.”

But a brief perusal of her Facebook posts calls into question the above claims, and exhibits a convoluted logic and naivety that leads to dangerous results when broadcast to a wide audience.

The first red flag is that despite Naomi being a world-renowned feminist, she at times seems to betray her own beliefs. In 2008 she wrote an article lauding the dress code for women in the Muslim world. She starts by describing “a woman swathed in black to her ankles, wearing a headscarf or a full chador walks down a European or North American street, surrounded by other women in halter tops, miniskirts and short shorts.”

She continues that while traveling in Morocco, Jordan and Egypt, she came to the conclusion that, “The West interprets veiling as repression of women and suppression of their sexuality. But when I traveled in Muslim countries and was invited to join a discussion in women-only settings within Muslim homes, I learned that Muslim attitudes toward women’s appearance and sexuality are not rooted in repression but in a strong sense of public versus private.”

Now I am all for extolling the virtues of women who choose to dress modestly but only when it is the product of choice and not coercion. But in many countries, such as Iran, women face prosecution for dressing immodestly and in countries like Afghanistan they face violent reprisals. Naomi also omits mention of the approximately 100 million Muslim women who have experienced some form of female genital mutilation.

Feminist author Phyllis Chesler, who herself lived in Afghanistan as a virtual slave in her marriage, responded to Naomi’s palliating and glaring omissions. She wrote, “Most Muslim girls and women are not given a choice about wearing the chador, burqa, abaya, niqab, jilbab, or hijab (headscarf), and those who resist are beaten, threatened with death, arrested, caned or lashed, jailed, or honor-murdered by their own families.” Chesler asked if Naomi was so “thoroughly unfamiliar with the news coming out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan on these very subjects.”

Naomi adds a small caveat at the end of her whitewash that says choice is important when it comes to dressing modesty. But this does nothing to correct the damage caused by her failure to call out and condemn the oppressive Middle Eastern cultural norms that many women endure on a daily basis.

Naomi has no issue in falsely condemning Israel for genocidal mass murder while simultaneously acting as an apologist for the suffering of far too many women at the hands of radical Islamists.

While she has the strongest distrust of every statement stemming from Israeli leaders, Naomi seems only too ready to believe almost anything coming from the mouth of Hamas terror leader Khaled Meshaal. With regards to the interview that Meshaal gave to Charlie Rose, she wrote on July 29, “Reposting. This interview seems reasonable. But in the U.S. it is being spun as ‘Hamas leaders says he will never coexist with Israel.’ That is not exactly what he said…he said the occupation must end then Palestine can decide as a sovereign nation what its relationship to Israel shall be. Which is, as I understand it, how the law of nations works?…”

Naomi manages to somehow miss the dozens of recent videos in which Hamas leaders, including Meshaal, call for the total annihilation of Israel and the genocide of all its Jews. In regard to another Meshaal interview she writes, “Elias Eskander says that this interview shows Hamas asking for ’67 borders not to wipe out Israel….Take that Fox news!” She writes this even while the official Hamas charter continues to call for the murder of every Jew in every country on the face of the earth.

Naomi repeatedly questions what solid evidence exists that the tunnels leading into Israel were actually meant to be used to murder and kidnap civilians. I assume she thinks they were perhaps built as a kind of Cony Island Tunnel of Love.

She ignores the thousand of rockets fired into Israel by Hamas, whose only intention is the mass murder of her own people.

Her dedication to defending Hamas seems something of an irrational addiction. In one post she defends Hamas by condemning people who “repeat the uncritical allegations of the IDF that Hamas is “hiding” among civilians. Where else the f– are they supposed to go NOT to ‘hide”? Gaza is all civilian! There is no battlefield!”

This astonishing comment demonstrates not only a total ignorance of Gaza topography but justifies Hamas using schools for weapons caches and infirmaries and hospitals to fire rockets. It would also deny Israel the right to defend itself so long as Hamas terrorists reside among civilians.

But not content to demonize Israel, Naomi is so enmeshed with conspiracy theories that she even questions whether ISIS is a true dander. Last Saturday she posted, “And I am very sorry to report that Obama has put together a coalition of nine money-grubbing War Inc oligarchs, sorry, allied nations, to hunt ISIS creating pretext for all kinds of metanational heavy breathing mayhem.”

One can only assume that by “creating pretext” she is referring to the thousands of innocent Arabs that ISIS has shot in the heads and crucified. It seems that if Arabs murder other Arabs Naomi has no real objection, just as long as they are not Palestinian terrorists killed by Israel.

While Christians, Muslims, Yazidis, and Americans are beheaded by ISIS, Naomi chooses to leisurely ponder and philosophize the merits of her skepticism on how bad ISIS truly is. Perhaps she should talk to one of the thousands of young Arab girls who have been sold into sexual slavery by ISIS to determine if this constitutes the kind of evil to which a renowned feminist ought to object.

An analysis of Naomi’s views demonstrate an irreconcilable contradiction between her feminist, humanitarian side and the radical left wing propaganda she has so thoroughly embraced.

Naomi’s decision to side with the latter has not only contributed to her trivializing genocide. Sadly, it has utterly undermined her credentials as a champion of women the world so sorely needs.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” is founder of This World: The Values Network, the foremost organization influencing politics, media, and the culture with Jewish values. The international best-selling author of 30 books, he has just published Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer. His debate with Naomi Wolf will take place this Thursday, September 11th, at 131 W. 86th St. at 7pm. Tickets available at www.shmuley.com. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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  • Rob

    Whe reading her blog and other writings,one comes away almost immediately with the feeling that the woman is narrow in her scope and very much shallow in her grasp of things. This is almost always the explanation for why such individuals spew out such foolishness and attach themselves to such appalling causes. She is not impressive in any way.

  • Richard L

    ‘Wolf’ in sheep’s clothing. May well wear a burqua.

  • Brian Goldfarb

    Naomi Wolf is quoted as saying “Naomi asserts that she tries her very best to “be always non-partisan” and endorses “a two-state solution as supported by Jimmy Carter.””

    With apologies if it’s already been said, but unlike any other religious or ethnic group, on this issue, Jews are either for Israel or against Israel. It’s impossible to be neutral (as with Northern Ireland, before the peace accords, if you said you were neither Catholic nor Protestant but a Jew (or an atheist for that matter), the response would be, but are you a Protestant or a Catholic Jew?). Jews who (like me) are ‘for’ Israel get stick (and worse) and are blamed for inciting rising levels of antisemitism. Those who are ‘against’ Israel justify the anti-Zionists.

    As ever, we can’t win.

    Please note, I make no comment about being ‘for’ Israel and criticising current Israeli government policies.

    That said, Laurie J. Adkins, who states that “this is a bias (sic) pro-Zionist post”, needs to ask themself whether they are falling into just the trap that Wolf set herself with the comment quoted at the beginning of this comment.

  • Phil H

    I guess an Oxford education isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    • christine

      she actually never graduated from Oxford…dropped out

  • Laurie J Adkins

    I would like to state that I am also friends with Naomi and she is a very intelligent person who seeks truth. I think this is a bias pro-Zionist post and the comments are shameful. How dare you criticize a person based on one bias article and take it as truth. This is exactly what you are accusing her of. She has many views on the Palestinian/Israel conflict. I know this. In my opinion, there are 3 sides to every story. Truth will prevail. Good luck in your debate Naomi. You know we all have you in our hearts. Stand strong. Please do not add any negative comments. Just listen to the debate and then decide for yourselves before you throw stones.

  • Noel Herasfield

    It Iit disappointing that so many so called Jewish intellectuals have come out in favor the embodiment of evil ISIS,ISLAMICJihad,and all the rest of these dens of vipers that populate that dysfunctional area.The problem is that these Quslings are teaching in our universities,and spread their poison amongst our children.
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  • Jon Mincis

    Rabbi Boteach: Why are you debating her? If you side step your initial comments, it seems fairly clear that your good buddy Ms. Wolf is a self-hating Jew like Rabbi Brant Rosen. I agree with you that Roger Waters (who I always viewed as an amazingly talented Musician)is antisemitic and a fraud in his claim that he is a true activist with respect to human rights. I would submit to you, however, that people like Professor Wolf are far worse because they provide false legitimacy to Jew hating Bigots like Roger Waters and Former President Jimmy (peanut) Carter. she is far more dangerous than non-Jews who are antisemitic. Aren’t you just giving legitimacy to her self-hating Jewish views. Discrediting her position in an an article such as this is one thing, but are you not helping her advance her views in a public debate. In that respect, is she really worth debating. I am sure you won’t respond to me, but I figured I would never the less pose the question.

  • Alex R-

    Ms. Wolf questions if the Holy Land was meant to be a territory or a collective state of mind. She chooses the latter and that is where she chooses to be. I am shocked. Either she has never read the Bible or she does not take its contents for at least of any significant historical value. I guess she considers the Jewish people circa 1947 – 1948 to having been lucky enough she was not around then to spread her beliefs. Not that it ever mattered, but thank G-d she was not around. But that would be giving her credit for something that is insignificant to the vast majority of humans. Now that the barbarism of some Islamic fundamentalism is being shown in all its glow -and I think Hamas belongs there- I would like to know from Ms. Wolf if the phylosophically abstract Holy Land of the Jewish people should be materially hand-given to that fundamentalist group. Or perhaps to ISIS. After all, haven’t we Jews lived so well in the diaspora these last 2,000 years or so? That is exactly the goal Hamas is trying to achieve, supported internationally by intellectuals such as Ms. Wolf, in pursuing condemnation of Israel’s continuing effort to protect its land and inhabitants from the desire of all its regional arab neighbors to annihilate us.

  • Linda Rivera

    I was unaware that Naomi Wolf was a Jew. This wicked God-hater can no longer be considered a Jew. She is a traitor to God, Jews, Israel and all non-muslims.

    Every decent non-muslim on earth are desperate for the thousands of Yazidi and Christian women and girls who have been taken for sex-slaves by ISIS barbarians to be rescued — Merciless woman-hater, Naomi Wolf declares, “I am very sorry that Obama has put together a coalition of nine money-grubbing War Inc oligarchs to hunt ISIS creating pretext for all kinds of metanational heavy breathing mayhem.”

    Muslims in Britain, Europe and other Western countries are doing what the founder of Islam did – gang rape and take infidels for sex slaves and what ISIS savages are doing in Iraq to Yazidi and Christian women and girls. It’s taught in the Quran and mosques.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11080165/Yazidi-girl-tells-of-horrific-ordeal-as-Isil-sex-slave.html
    Yazidi girl tells of horrific ordeal as Isil sex slave
    17-year-old says she is still being held captive and sexually abused on a daily basis by Isil fighters. The women raped abused up to three times a day by different groups of men. “If one day this torture ever ends, my life will always be marked by what I have suffered in these weeks. Even if I survive, I don’t know how I’m going to cancel from my mind this horror.

    “We’ve asked our jailers to shoot us dead, to kill us, but we are too valuable for them. They keep telling us that we are unbelievers because we are non-Muslims and that we are their property, like war booty.

    They say we are like goats bought at a market.

    The captive women were praying for rescue by anti-Isil ground forces or an international intervention. “My only hope is that the peshmerga [Kurdish militia] come and rescue us. She said she had heard that Arab Christian women had also been captured and imprisoned as sex slaves by Isil http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11080165/Yazidi-girl-tells-of-horrific-ordeal-as-Isil-sex-slave.html

    It’s an act of treason to allow muslims into our countries. Muslims MUST be repatriated back to their countries now.

    British Schoolgirl’s Testimony – Muslims Threaten Children With Violence & Rape Outside School Daily
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO1yN-eKjmo

    http://www.barenakedislam.com: Traumatized 16-year-old British girl was brutally raped by 90 different Muslim men in one weekend http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/03/11/traumatized-16-year-old-girl-was-brutally-raped-by-90-different-muslim-men-in-one-weekend/

    • sodi

      Why isn’t this being reported to the TIMES?
      And… how is it that the New York Times and other news media aren’t head ling these atrocities?

  • Ms Wolf is a complete intellectual fraud.

    Her “Behind the veil lives a thriving Muslim sexuality” is multicultural justification for misogyny.

    Wolf is proof that leftism damages the brain.

  • bethany

    To make it very simple, I as a Jew am ashamed and appauled.She evidently is a vicious Islamic terrorist in disguise…She is scarey!!

  • Lynn K. Circle

    A Muslim Malay friend of mine said during the Yom Kippur war, “You have to support Israel because you are Jewish. I have to support my Muslim brothers. This is only natural. We are friends so we will not speak of it further.”

    The older I have become, the more I have recognized his wisdom. It is natural to support your own people. The implication is that it is UNnatural to support the enemy of your people.

    He would have been aghast at the idea of a Jew supporting Hamas. For him (and for me) that is as UNnatural a a dog quoting Torah.

    Naomi is following an unnatural path.

  • She should study Winston Churchill who wisely said: Islam in a man is as dangerous as rabies in a dog.

    • Chana

      An appalling comment not worthy of this site, or indeed of utterance.

  • Monty Pogoda

    I don’t know who she is but obviously she does not know what she is writing about. Has she ever been to Israel and stayed here for six months or so?

  • OnlyTrueBill

    Here we go again with the “blood libel” libel. Nowhere did Ms. Wolf suggest that any Jews murdered christian children to get blood for special Matzoh.
    .
    The Zionist state’s actions since 1966 have been nothing but war crimes and its ongoing treatment of so-called “Palestinians” has been nothing be genocidal. Live with it.
    .
    Every Zionist prime minister to date was declared to be a terrorist by the British government, so their ongoing terrorism is no surprise. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has a right to exist.

    • Paul

      In your uninformed ranting, you seem to make mistakes in every paragraph.
      Did Israel only start your alleged war crimes in 1966 ? 1966 was a year before the 6-day war – nothing happened.
      You don’t seem to understand what a blood libel is – but ask someone intelligent, they may explain to you the difference between the original blood libel and the similar logical mistake called a blood libel.
      And although Begin was indeed regarded as a terrorist by the British government, he was the only one of a long line of prime ministers so regarded – Ben Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Rabin, Netanyahu, Barak, Olmert . . . the list goes on. (Incidentally – Nelson Mandella was also jailed for being a terrorist).
      Your total ignorance of the facts and the associated obvious hatred makes your support of Ms. Wolf very well suited. Same quality.

  • Ron

    In the legal world there is such a thing as a “perverse” verdict, where a jury either convicts or acquits a defendant against all the evidence. Ms Wolf would seem to be a likely member of such a jury. Despite all the evidence of Hamas and other organisation’s dedication to the wiping out of Israel and the extermination of it’s people (Genocide for real), she is giving support to a group who would kill her or subjugate her if they had the power. Like many in the West she is probably suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, where support for one’s abuser is a survival strategy. That strategy will only work for so long – just ask the Jewish Civil Authority in the Warsaw Ghetto. A holocaust survivor was asked what lesson he had learned from it, he replied, “when someone says they want to exterminate you, believe them.” Miss Wolf needs to take off her rose tinted glasses and face the real world.

  • FORTUNE

    She should attend the IDC conference. Perhaps it will set her straight.

  • pierre mamou

    … and Naomi Wolf could have add that only muslim males go to my municipal swimming pool becaus their wives snd sisters do not know how to swim and can drown theirselves

  • Isaac Brajtman

    When an intelligent person like her writes like this, either we are completely deluded ( we being Jews and Israel)by what is going on, or she has lost her marbles and needs urgent treatment

  • Alan Kennedy

    Naomi Wolf sounds like a lady spoiled by too much liberty; where familiarity breeds contempt.
    Perhaps she could be offered a trip to meet and greet IS …

  • Julian Tepper

    I will here write for the vast majority of people who read this quite fine article and then moved on to something else.

    Despite the lead-up regarding Naomi Wolf, that she is an intellectually hideous human being is once again confirmed.

    That is to say, she has for eons surpassed misguided, and is now ensconced in a far different category.

    Such a category is the one that contains Ward Churchill and others of his ilk.

    The one thing that Ms. Wolf merits is everyone’s derision.

    Of the feminists deserving of admiration, Ms. Wolf is not one.

    Julian Tepper
    Brooklyn, NY

  • Lauren Goldman

    My personal library now has room for a few more books.

  • steven L

    Fame does not imply INTELLIGENCE! Actually many famous people are morons. Famous morons!
    She is guilty of being either ignorant, uninformed, misinformed, naive, in a bubble, biased or even antisemitic.
    Her ignorance is so evident when she basically does not understand that for Mashal occupation means the whole of Israel. Where has she been for the past 100 years!
    Feminist and humanitarian in words ha ha ha!
    For the past 64 years She must have lived in a cave.
    Boteach should not waste his time with this individual who is a danger to Israel and Jews.

  • Naomi Wolf has no idea what the meaning of genocide is. Her love affair with Hamas has blinded any rational opinions she might have. I would not waste my time listening to her biased thoughts on Israel.

  • Naomi is unfortunately not suspending judgement
    while carefully seeking the truth in the current
    Islamic issue. She’s supporting the stance that she
    has taken with whatever sources feed that belief and her
    great ignorance on the matter is blatantly exposed!
    She would do well to listen to the words of Brigitte Gabriel who,
    having been born in the Middle East and speaks Arabic etc highlights very
    clearly the true intentions of the Islamic desire for a Caliphate the world over.

  • robert sklar

    We have to so careful in how we impose our values on others. I find the discussion re women’s rights in Islamic culture completely misses the mark several times over. Jewish orthodoxy is not that much different. The discussion re Gaza raises the multiple contradictions of accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza. I would suggest not to demand admissions from Ms. Wolfe based on her feminism, but simply based on the known facts: beginning with the rash of suicide bombings out of Gaza in the 90’s; the building of the Gaza barrier; the kidnapping of Gilad; the years and years of unprovoked rocket attacks; the kidnapping of the three Yeshiva students; the search for Hamas operatives; the discovery of secret enclaves; and the renewed rocket attacks followed by war.

  • pinchas baram

    naomi wolf, one more piece of you know what stabbing her people in the back. and R’ boteach, enough of the Oxford showing off– she’s intellectually inferior to any local janitor for one thing, and for another, this matter should teach you to choose your friends more wisely.

  • Isaac Waterman

    Mrs. Wolf has a nice smile, but no brains. She is clearly an Arab lover and has no idea what really happened in Gaza. To me it looks like she really has no idea what’s really happening in the world.
    She better spend her time on other things instead of criticizing Israel. She is a traitor of her own people. Shame on her.

  • David

    From her prior writing, I long ago concluded what the author sensed regarding her hypocrisy. Why anyone would want to waste their time listening to or reading her bs is a good question.

    • Orly Halevy

      I am shocked how blind this woman is.
      Our problem is lefties like her.
      Terrible.

  • First, there’s can be no logic without grammar.

    Second, Naomi Wolf is “informed” by Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets, and therefore she is misinformed malformed and uninformed.

    Third, Naomi Wolf is now psychologically conditioned by this propaganda, which is designed not only to keep people ignorant of the truth, but to incite malice and rage.

    Last, I seriously doubt that the propaganda worm that she allowed into her brain has left anything in there. Anyone who cannot see HAMAS for what is it, is in my opinion psychologically insane. Same, btw, for those engaging insane people in a “debate”.

  • Mark_NYC

    Born Jewish no less. As the saying goes, with friends like this, who needs enemies. What is it about our country, America, that it produces Jews who are so treacherous to our own people? Don’t we already have enough enemies in this world who wish to destroy us?

  • Ed Goldberg

    This excellent article missed only one point. In the world of news and press that exists today everything gets published and can get equally distributed. Unfortunately only some if it is true and is worthy of wide dissemination. The rest of it is equally distributed, read, and believed by a growing number of mindless people who accept that Government is unfair and poverty is only caused by oligarchs. Hamas and ISIS proves that poverty can be caused by other influences. Those evil forces can also cause world chaos and we will be there soon if rational voices don’t step forward to help the blind to see. Let’s get reporters to do research before the print. (Publishers should set standards.) The truth should win but only if they work to find it!

  • Well said. As a fan of Phyllis Chesler and in particular of her theory of women’s inhumanity towards women, the sine qua non of female oppression, I am appalled at Wolf’s tacit support for both Hamas and ISIS. The purpose of these organizations is not only to annihilate Israel but to subject all women under their control to a worse fate–total subjugation. If that’s what Naomi and her ilk want for their Arab sisters, then I question not only their rationality but their commitment to women’s rights.

    • Orly Halevy

      She is blind and stupid.

  • Like so many of her ilk, she is educated far beyond her capacity to use it. We send too many people who can well afford an education to schools where they don’t belong. Money and institutions of higher learning make strange bed fellows.

  • Ploni

    Faux feminist, and faux leftist. These people bring shame on the western world and on intellectualism. Completely ethically retarded and unable to make basic moral judgments. The fact that she cannot even support an allied effort against ISIS while they are committing genocide on all pre-Islamic indigenous people in the region is shocking. I have no respect for her at all. She is a shame on the free world.

  • HaroldT

    I trust that in the debate when this anti-Semite raises the issue of dead children in Gaza you are not going to apologise for these deaths, thereby implying Israeli guilt.
    You should attack her on the Hamas use of human shields, using the Shifa hospital as headquarters, using UNRWA schools to store and school missiles from , etc. etc.

  • Bobbie Zisman

    So disappointed in Naomi Wolf. I thought she was an intelligent person, not just another liberal sheep.

    • Orly Halevy

      I can not agree with you more.
      This is our problem , the Lefties.
      She is blind and stupid.
      I am with you .

  • Deborah Salant

    What the hell is wrong with you regarding your views on Hamas.
    I used to respect you and read all of your books.
    Thankfully my daughters have not and I will encourage them not to. Too bad as they are bright free thinking women but have alliance to their tribe. Good job Naomi

  • rachel robinson

    and endorses “a two-state solution as supported by Jimmy Carter.” this is when I stopped reading this article. If this is what she thinks I do not need to go any further and waste time. She is a lefty anti Israel, so why read the rest??

  • nelson marans

    Naomi Wolf, a feminist? She makes a mockery of the term with her support for the suppression of women in the Muslim world. She reminds me of a recent letter in The Washington Post claiming that ISIS would be peaceful if only they would not be attacked. Her thinking about Hamas mirrors this lack of logic, as terrorism is elevated to desirable trait.

  • anon

    This really saddens me. “The Beauty Myth” was a kind of bible to me. Is it worth having a Jewish state if it means fighting enemies? Hell yeah! Should every country give in to the savages?

    The Jewish homeland is important enough to me that I am not willing to take chances with it. Chances like a one-state solution. Chances like lifting the embargo on Gaza. Chances like withdrawing from the West Bank without being sure that Israel will be secure. I am sorry that Palestinians are unhappy about their treatment. As a Jew I will not worry more about the 2 million Arabs in the West Bank and the 2 million Arabs in Gaza than all of the other Arabs in the region most of whom have far less rights and prosperity than they do.

  • Joel Keller

    With all due respect, methinks the lady has a screw loose.

  • Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone

    There was no genocide in Gaza.
    Israel did exactly as it should; send a clear signal that Jewish blood is not cheap and Israel is here to stay.
    The fact that there were civilian casualties is very sad but was unavoidable, there is no reason for feelings of guilt.
    Hopefully the pathetic cowards in the Hamas leadership who reside in the UAE are learning a lesson.
    Pathetic pseudo intellectual Jewish journalist/writers in the US like Naomi should get a life.

  • Dave L.

    By the way, Mr. Boteach,

    Good article.

    • Lynne T

      more a case of faux “progressiveism” that causes the likes of Naomi Wolfe, Canadian film maker John Greyson and others to cast Hamas as a “liberation movement” than classical liberal thought.

  • Fred

    Oy, wey another Haham hits the world deck. It is interesting how ignorance is cherished & celebrated from the comfort of comfortable. I always thought of Hamas & ISIS to be a charitable society, they murder ,cut off heads for amusement, rape & enslave women for their benefit, a most misunderstood but lovely folk according to Naomi Wolf. She set me right with academic logic. I wonder if she ever asked herself of the fate of the 300 Nigerian girls abducted by Boku Haram,as a supposed feminist would she show concern ????

  • Dave L.

    Naomi W’s beautiful face has become an emblem of the mental illness that is part and parcel of far-left thinking, also emblematic of the empty joke that is career-feminism. The West is always wrong. Blame America. Blame Israel. Ignore Hamas atrocities. Ignore ISIS atrocities. Ignore all the koranic directives to kill, kill, kill kafirs. Hear no evil, Naomi. See no evil, Naomi. But speak plenty of evil about the West, about the polities and forces that articulated and codified universal human rights. Has Naomi never wondered why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, written primarily by a Canadian Christian and a French Jew, and based on our Bill of Rights and on France’s Droits de L’Homme, and ushered into existence by Eleanor Roosevelt (a true champion of women’s rights)–has Naomi ever asked herself why the Muslim countries found this Universal Declaration of Rights lacking and unacceptable? Has she wondered why the OIC needed a different set of rights, why they had to concoct the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam? Has she ever compared these documents, especially as each document pertains to women and girls?????? Of course not, she doesn’t want to risk her hide or her social standing by tangling with Islam.

  • Lucille Kaplan

    Would that I had some way to be in NYC on 9/11 to watch Shmuley in action. It is beyond painful to read, here, how happily and easily Wolf betrays her avowed commitment to justice for women, in her fact-free compulsion to support HAMAS and Islamist ideology. As a regular reader of the presses of both PA/PLO/FATAH and HAMAS, in their original Arabic, I can say that Shmuley’s representations of these entities’ ideological commitment to wiping Jews off the face of the earth is entirely accurate. I don’t know if Wolf reads Arabic, but if she doesn’t, she has no business purporting to explain Islamists’ message to her fawning (and deluded) admirers. Shmuley has done his homework, either by reading the Arabic materials himself, or getting appropriate assistance in this connection, if necessary. Now THAT is the kind of scholarship that will make the upcoming debate a valuable experience for those who attend.

  • Jaeame I. Koyil

    Naomi’s has spent her days since the Gaza operation began by uncritically parroting every press release from Hamas. She could just as well hang a shingle as their foreign press office.

    Regarding her hysterical calls of genocide in Gaza, civilian deaths occurred at a smaller rate than in the US invasion of Iraq.

    She has lost all credibility in my eyes.

  • Naomi Wolf is a power-hungry self-hating Jew. I equate her with the Satmir who deny the very existence of Zionism and The Jewish State who offer photo ops in Iran with great abandon and with total impunity. By the black garb they are passed off as main steam orthodoxy when in effect are traitors to Jews everywhere. She openly endorses Jimmy Cater and a two state Israel. Can you imagine A Palestine state on Israel’s s borders, with an airport blatantly flaunting arriving missles, bomb and other muntions along with terrorist passengers to make Israel a one-state Palestine? Naomi Wolf is the female counterpart of Joseph Goebels, Hitler’s Minister of Propagana who framed Arbit Mach Frei at the entrance of
    Auschwitz. Ms. Wolf is not a debater, she is a destroyer.She distorts history to conform to her diabolical reasoning. Remember Hitler’s Stonderkomandos , Jews with privilege in rthe concentration camp who hearded their brethren into the ovens. And in the end, as a reward for their efforts, were also accorded the same death chambers.

  • Shulamit

    I’m saying psychologist I am wondering what kind of emotional confusion is underlying such distorted logic and belief systems as evidenced in the dissonance between what Naomi professes as a value system and the inconsistency of her support of Hamas who executes people (informers?) on the street and criticism of Israel the only country in the Middle East where Arab citizens have rights.

  • H.S.Cohen

    Naomi is just another left wing nut just as her father is.A long time hater of men and of traditional values.

  • Hillel

    Whilst we had plenty of self hating Jews assisting Nazis in our destruction we need more like this to put the rest of us out of our misery. How about she go and live amongst them. I’m sure she’d accommodate a hooded sheik or two, no problem.

  • Jane Cantor

    Heavens Naomi what a disappointed you have turned out to be

  • Gina Kellis

    You can’t rationalize with an irrational person- why are you wasting your breath and giving this self loathing Jew a forum to express her extremist pro terroristic beliefs???

  • Golum

    NAOMI…WHY???

    Are you Friggin’ BLIND?

  • Deborah Raichman

    Unfortunately there are many naive people in this world! They perceive themselves as educated and sophisticated but they are just naive. This is a common problem of Liberal Jews. They want so badly to be politically correct and fair that they might in the process be murdering themselves, Israel and the rest of the Jewish people in the name of high ideals. Unfortunately, there are too many such Jews, many times totally ignorant of Jewish religion and ideals.

  • Karla

    I think she is a very lost woman. But seeing as to where she came from and what her parents dabble in it is not a wonder. So many lost confused souls out there with no concept of how to act, let alone have a clean thought process. She is lost and has not found her path. Therefore an easy target for those who would lead her astray. She by her own admissions stands for nothing, because she has no firm platform to which she stays true to. She is not an advocate for women’s rights. She does not stand firmly in God or his word. She seems to be very wishy washy about what falls from her mouth and her thought process.

  • Freda Gilbert

    Naomi Wolfe is a very troubled, strident and nauseating self- hating Jew. The rabbi has really been too generous in his response to her.
    Quite frankly, the sight of her makes me Ill.

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