The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 12th, 2014
An Israeli scholar who has come under fire for discussing rape as a
hypothetical deterrent to Hamas terrorism says the controversy over his
remarks has done little to dampen interest in his planned speaking tour
next year at college campuses and other sites in the United States.
Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in Arabic literature at Israel’s
Bar-Ilan University, said in an interview on Israeli radio last month
that terrorists can be deterred only by the threat of their mothers and
sisters being raped. Both he and the university said he was not
advocating rape, just describing reality, but his comments have been
widely denounced as having the potential to incite war crimes.