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Gretta Duisenberg Is An Anti-Semite

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Posted on November 9 2010 9:00 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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Yasser Arafat and Gretta Duisenberg

There is no peace and consequently, I have no peace. Every morning, I wake up to news about Muslims blowing each other up in mosques during a prayer service—and yes, Muslims are also blowing up Christians and Hindus at prayer. Yesterday, a friend just back from Israel told me that Arab Muslims are taking over more and more Jewish Israeli land, squatting in buildings, planting in fields in both northern and southern Israel, and creating European style “No Go” areas in Jerusalem itself; they are also declaring that Jewish holy sites are really mosques. Of course, almost the entire world media  reports the opposite, namely, that Israelis are occupying Palestinian land.

They are not allowing me to have peaceful thoughts. Every week, sometimes every few days, I am informed that yet another Iranian woman has been detained for years, or for months, and is now being tortured by her Muslim jailors who are threatening to stone her to death. Sotoudeh, a prominent  Iranian human rights lawyer who once defended Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, has been tortured for more than two months now. She has gone on a dry hunger fast and is close to death.

Daily, the news from Afghanistan chills my blood: No, I am not only talking about the American military presence, the indigenous corruption, bribery, cronyism, competition for the opium trade, the war for gas and minerals, the routine kidnapping of infidel do-gooders, the harboring of Al-Qaeda, or the usual Wild East tribal wars—an old Afghan proverb says “the Afghans of the frontier are never at peace except when they are at war.” I am talking about the fate of Afghan girls and women who are married off at 10 or 12 and then beaten, badly, by their husbands and in-laws every single day until this mountain of sorrow rolls over them and they set themselves on fire and die. The lucky ones die immediately, everyone else lingers on painfully for weeks, even months.

Thus, Muslims, among whom I once lived and whom I once loved, are giving me no peace in my older years. (The ones I knew and loved are either dead or living in exile in the West.)

For those who believe that Islam is a peaceful religion and that its adherents and leaders are also peaceful; and for those who do not believe that a Western-Islamist alliance is well underway with the power to destroy Western civilization—please explain to me why Gretta Duisenberg, the widow of Wim Duisenberg, the former president of the European Bank, is now suing my friend and colleague the eminent Iranian-Dutch professor of philosophy and jurisprudence, Afshin Ellian, for calling her an “anti-Semite,” when she proudly calls herself an “anti-Semite.”

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