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October 22, 2017 12:37 pm

In Upcoming Book, Controversial Rutgers Professor Accuses Israel of Sparing Palestinian Lives in Order to Control Them

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Rutgers professor Jasbir Puar. Photo: The Global Center for Advanced Studies.

A professor with a history of supporting terrorism against Israelis is publishing a new book accusing the Jewish state of physically debilitating Palestinians in order to control them.

The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, authored by Jasbir Puar — associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University — argues in part that the “Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shown a demonstrable pattern over decades of sparing life, of shooting to maim rather than to kill.”

According to the Rutgers professor, this “purportedly humanitarian practice of sparing death by shooting to maim” is part of a “logic long present in Israeli tactical calculations of settler colonial rule—that of creating injury and maintaining Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them.”

The Right to Maim is set to be published by Duke University Press in November 2017, and was the topic of Puar’s lectures at Stanford University and Rutgers University this year. A copy of its introduction can be found at the Duke University Press website.

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Puar’s latest claims appear similar to those she shared during a controversial, faculty-sponsored event at Vassar College in February 2016, when she said that Israel “manifests an implicit claim to the right to maim and debilitate Palestinian bodies and environments,” according to a transcript of the talk provided by the Vassar alumni group Fairness To Israel.

During that appearance, Puar repeated allegations that the bodies of “young Palestinian men … were mined for organs for scientific research.” She also asserted that Israel’s actions can be called a “genocide in slow motion,” and said, “we need [the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions movement] as part of organized resistance and armed resistance in Palestine as well. There is no other way the situation is going to change.”

Kenneth Waltzer, executive director of the Academic Engagement Network, questioned the empirical foundation on which Puar based her latest work, calling her “a notorious slanderer of the Israeli regime.”

“Puar is more interested in defining and theorizing than in getting things as they are,” Waltzer told The Algemeiner. “She also dangles the hint of a second dispossession, a second Nakba, by Israel, but is there evidence of a decline of the Palestinian population? Isn’t the Palestinian population growing under this biopolitical regime?”

“On the other hand,” he noted, “I see little sign based on the sections I have before me in the new book of the terrible (and unapologetic) antisemitism Puar clearly exhibited when she spoke at Vassar in early 2016.”

Asaf Romirowsky, executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, observed that Puar’s work represents “exactly the kind of pseudo-scholarship and quasi-academic integrity that we deal with on many campuses, specifically in the humanities, where you see individuals who come up with these ‘theories’ and try to sell them.”

“The fact that she’s receiving a platform to promote this stuff, that you’re seeing a university press like Duke accepting it as legitimate scholarship, are all big concerns that we’ve been raising for years,” Romirowsky said in an interview with The Algemeiner. “Here you’re seeing the clear transformation of where propaganda — Arab, Palestinian propaganda — has basically replaced any sense of scholarship.”

He pointed out that when a book like Puar’s is published through a university press, “it immediately gets the [appearance] of scholarship, thereby it gets inserted into a syllabi as a secondary source or whatever source that is out there, thus getting it into the system.”

“That’s a bigger program,” Romirowsky warned, “as far as what passes as scholarship versus propaganda.”

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  • Fuzzy Ashkenazim

    This author is a deranged psychopath that has to be ignored.

  • Rie Moya

    This person’s interpretation on the kindness of Israel to the the Palestinians is misplaced. I have read so much about the help Israel has provided and there is nothing to suggest any of what this book claims.

  • Jeffey

    Puar is simply a pawn used in the ‘tactics’ of those that seek to destroy the Jewish people/Israel.
    College campuses are easy prey and for about 20 years have used the liberal ‘Academic’ environment
    to promote, parade and produce Antisemitism by piggybacking ‘human rights, feminism or any other political or social movements to demonize Israel (Jewish people). This book is just another attack in an agenda that flourishes in Academic settings and appeals to ignorant “intellectuals” that have no real moral backbone, are deceived or in agreement.

  • dante

    oh, I get it: if Israel kills its enemies, then, it’s a horrible, murderous, country. if Israel tries to avoid fatalities, then, it is, also, a horrible country that deliberately maims its enemies. get it? Israel is always a horrible country, according to puar. the author would be satisfied, if at all, only if Israel were to passively submit itself to the attacks of its enemies. as for scholarship, she dispenses with that sometimes troublesome trifle by substituting invective and jargon for argument supported by evidence. and, genocide? is she serious? well, she is serious, but the fact that she gins up the slander shows how untethered from reality she is: the “palestinian” population has grown dramatically in the last 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 100 years. some genocide. I think that the Jews would have gladly traded what they suffered for that kind of growth. same with the Rwandans, Cambodians, etc.

  • henrytobias

    This is a no-win situation for Israel! If the Palestinians die in a shoot-out with the IDF we are committing genocide, but if the IDF only wounds them we are maiming them to control them. The Jews can never win. To the Fascists we are Communists and to the Communists we are Fascists! The blood-libel theories will never cease.

  • ZEKE

    Puar is human filth. The lies she tells under the protective umbrella of rising anti-semitism is the sort of propaganda any decent university would expunge from its faculty. Rutgers needs to do better. As does the press which actually publishes her vicious lies.

  • This is top notch support for the Islamic ideology and Islamic terror against Israel and Jews! She is even prostituting herself for the Falastinian cause.
    But I am astonished, that she is paid by the US-taxpayers.

  • Thought is Free

    More lies from a PALiar. Spread the word, she is a liar, with no evidence at all for her foul claims.

  • This is another example of a tenured professor using her position, as a political platform to brainwash young minds. And students deserve much better.

  • Ron

    As a graduate of RU I demand the immediate execution oops excommunication of this worthless individual