Phyllis Chesler: A Zionist, Feminist, Author and Lecturer

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Living History

On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015


“Anyone who wants to understand the connection between anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism, the role of propaganda and appeasement must read this book.” –Natan Sharansky

“Passionate and beautifully written” Alan Dershowitz




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When Women Commit Honor Killings

September 15, 2015  •  Middle East Quarterly

Female-on-female violence has been minimized because male-on-female violence is far more visible, dramatic, and epidemic. However, women sometimes kill infants, spouses, and adult strangers, including other women. Indeed, as this study shows, women play a very active role in honor-based femicide, both by spreading the gossip underlying such murders and by acting as conspirator-accomplices and/or hands-on-killers in the honor killing of female relatives.

A Deeper Look

In order to explore this phenomenon, this author conducted an original, non-random, qualitative study of 31 honor killings (26 cases) in North America, Europe, India, and Muslim-majority countries, where women were named as hands-on killers and/or conspirator-accomplices in the media.



Dukhtar: Award-Winning Film Highlights Struggle of Pakistani Women

September 14, 2015  •  Breitbart

In the wild, wild East, in the tribal "badlands" between Pakistan and Muslim India, few girls or women willingly risk being honor killed for refusing an arranged marriage or for wanting to leave an exceptionally violent husband.

Women do not usually run away in search of freedom. No one will help them. It is their own families who are after them—and women are viewed as the property of their families. Whoever dares help a runaway, allegedly "disobedient" women immediately becomes prey as well.

This is precisely what happens in Afia Serena Nathaniel's very beautiful, very gripping, and very tragic film:Dukhtar (Daughter). The award-winning film, which opens in New York October 9th and in Los Angeles on October 16th, is a road-trip thriller about a heroic Pakistani mother, Allah Rakhi, who risks almost certain death in an attempt to spare her ten-year-old daughter, Zainab, from having to marry a tribal warlord old enough to be her grandfather; Zainab's own father, Daulat Khan, has arranged this in order to end a blood feud.



Fiamma Nirenstein's Appointment is Good for Italy, not just Israel
Only a failing newspaper like Haaretz would claim that Jewish leaders in Italy are against this ardent and eloquent Zionist's appointment as Israel's ambassador to that country.

September 11, 2015  •  Israel National News

Now, more than ever, Israel needs a strong voice to represent its interests abroad. Who on earth could possibly be better as Israel's next Ambassador to Italy than Fiamma Nirenstein? She is beyond perfect.

Some would have us think otherwise. Do not believe them.

Nirenstein, a former Italian Parliamentarian and once President of Jewish Parliamentarians internationally, is also the author of ten books in Italian on Israel, the Middle East, and anti-Semitism. She understands the danger of radical Islam and Jihad. And, she is very much wanted and needed as Israel's Ambassador to Italy.

Since Prime Minister Netanyahu recently announced her appointment, Nirenstein has received hundreds, perhaps thousands of letters of support from Italians, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

In an interview, Italian journalist, author andArutz Sheva columnist, Giulio Meotti told me:



Chesler on the Iran Deal at JBS

September 10, 2015  •  JBS

It is always my greatest pleasure to talk, on-air, with Rabbi Mark Golub, either in the studios of the Jewish Broadcasting Service or on the phone. He unerringly and consistently chooses the most knowledgeable, thoughtful, sophisticated, and passionate of guests and provides programming that is life-changing and life-sustaining. I was able to watch the Jerusalem Post conference because JBS live-streamed it as it did so many other conferences and rallies of vital interest. Rabbi Golub, and his wonderful assistant, Carol Lilienthal, are, indeed, performing a service of immense value. I was, once again, privileged to speak with him on-air. We talked about--what else?--the Iran deal disaster.

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