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Radical Son Holds the Key to Naomi Klein’s Love of Hamas

Posted on June 24 2010 4:00 pm

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The Amazon best-seller No Logo was penned, ironically, by anti-capitalist activist Naomi Klein. Asked during a Big Think interview why she became involved in politics, the Canadian journalist replied:

“There was a moment where I became involved in politics as a university student, and that was a very political school shooting. A man named Mark Lepine who had tried to get into this school but he hadn’t…decided it was because there was affirmative action for women, so he went into the engineering department and he separated the men from the women and said, ‘You’re all a bunch of f-ing feminists,’ and killed 14 women…this was an amazing political awakening for a lot of women because the politics were just so clear, and we felt really vulnerable as women in universities at that point.”

It is disconcerting to find Ms. Klein, who traces her debut in politics to the slaughter of women, sits on the Board of Advisors of Free Gaza, a pro-Hamas organization. Since the terrorist attempts to run the Israeli defense blockade, Klein has been vociferous in her condemnation of Israel – true to the self-hatred that prompted her previous declaration:

“Some Jews even think we get one get-away-with-genocide-free-card.”

Klein, an investigative journalist, cannot be ignorant of Hamas-encouraged Honor Killings, imposition of Islamic burqa tent-wear, death-threats to women in the media who broadcast without hijab, and even the outlawing of women riding motorcycles ( greatly restricting independent transportation in the territory.)

Why would a self-proclaimed feminist align herself with Hamas’s mission to eradicate Israel, where women enjoy nearly total freedom, to replace it with a misogynist gulag defined by its physical and psychological dehumanization of women?

Klein’s apparent hypocrisy highlights a core element of leftist behavior – the simultaneous embracing of persons and movements that appear, superficially, to be at utter variance with one another’s stated goals.

One might assert that Radical Son, the autobiographical account of David Horowitz’s exodus from Marxism, chronicles his gradual comprehension of precisely this tendency.

Horowitz’s “moment of truth,” came when he witnessed that revolutionaries with whom he had spent his entire life fighting for oppressed individuals were totally devoid of concern for Betty Van Patter when she was killed by her employers, the Black Panthers.

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