Gender Violence & Accountability

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GenderViolence &amp Accountability

Kant`stheory

Havingmastered metaphysics and epistemology, Kant concludes that a severeapplication of similar methods of reasoning may produce equal successwhen dealing with moral philosophy problems. Kant’s theory isdeontological since it states that actions are morally correct invirtue of motives behind the actions, which must drive mostly fromduty and not inclination1.The good examples of morally actions are those where a persondetermination to perform in line with a duty overcome the apparentdesire and self-interest to do otherwise. However, in this case, Kantargues that moral value of an action can only exist in an officialprinciple or the “maxim,” general commitment to behave in thisway since it is a personal duty2.

Genderviolence in Israeli and Palestinian context

Killingand raping Palestinian women was the primary aim of the systematicevictions and massacres by Israeli troops during destruction ofPalestinian communities in 1948. For instance, during DierYassinmassacre all residents were confined to a village square. Later, theywere ordered to stand against the wall and shot. David Ben Gurionopenly narrated the incidents of sexual torture and rape againstPalestinian women during 1948. During this period, Ben Gurionadvocated killing of Palestinian children and women, arguing thatthey are a threat to Jewish settler society. Ben Gurion made surethat Jewish Agency administered prenatal incentives to guarantee anexclusion of Arabs3.

Accordingto Zionists, the Palestinian women have been and will continue to betargets of Zionist killing machine. Some feminist scholars havesuggested that the state of Zionist mobilizes violence towardsPalestinian women’s sexuality and bodies to support indigenousmasculine structures and help in eviction of the Palestinians.Militarized sexual abuses have increased under Israeli occupation.Israeli military forces and state have exploited male perceptions ofsexuality and a threat of sexual abuse against Palestinian women torecruit Palestinian men as collaborators during uprisings and preventattempts at organizing resistance4.The practice has continued for a long period until it has gained theterm “isqatsiyassy” in Arabic language, meaning sexual abuseagainst Palestinian women for political motives. Security apparatusof Israel state continues to use Orientalist ideas of “Arabculture”, as well as Palestinians’ sexual identities to fragmentPalestinian society and recruit collaborators. The secret Israel’smilitary intelligence component has revealed that 8200 militaryofficers have revisited the fact5.

Sexualviolence as Zionist machinery against Palestinian women, as well astheir communities, was further revealed since inception of state’srecent military operations. Sexualized violence logic that structuresIsraeli settler-colonial plan has become apparent in the lastmilitary invasion time 6.Slogans like “Arabs out” and “Death to Arabs” have becomeusable as well as tolerable in Israel, exposing necro-political driveagainst the native Palestinians at core of Jewish democracy.Palestinian feminists did not get surprised to know that Kedar wasadvocating rape as antidote to resistance of anti-colonial.Discussing Palestinian women rape as a strategy to be used byscholars from a prominent university in Israel shows the waycolonizers view colonized women7.

Conclusion

Thelessons learned from this conflict clearly show that no need forphilosophical value of involving various ideas concerning realproblems because women violence, as revealed in Palestinian/Israelconflict, was as a result of corrupt human nature. No philosophicalperceptive can help someone to understand this issue becausephilosophy cannot explain or give solution to human evil nature. ThePalestinian/Israel conflict has lasted for an extended period, and alot of efforts put into it, but all fruitless, therefore, it is hardto prospect for lasting peace.

Bibliography

PennyJohnson, “Point of Debate: The Human Rights Watch Report andViolence against Palestinian Women and Girls,” Reviewof Women’s Studies, Birzeit University 4 (2007): 95-104.

RosemarySayigh, “Product and Producer of Palestinian History: Stereotypesof ‘Self’ in Camp Women’s Life Stories,” Journalof Middle East Women’s Studies 3 86-105: 2007.

Sharoni,Shechem. Genderand the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: the Politics of Women’sResistance.Syracuse University Press 2005.

Davis,Penny and Lehn, Wilfred. “And the Fund Still Lives: The Role of theJewish International Fund in the Determination of Israel’s LandPolicies”, Journalof Palestine Studies, Vol. 7 (4), p.3, at pp.4-6(2008).

1 Penny Johnson, “Point of Debate: The Human Rights Watch Report and Violence against Palestinian Women and Girls,” Review of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University 4 (2007): 95-104 .p.21

2 Rosemary Sayigh, “Product and Producer of Palestinian History: Stereotypes of ‘Self’ in Camp Women’s Life Stories,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 3 86-105: 2007. 73.

3 Penny Johnson, “Point of Debate: The Human Rights Watch Report and Violence against Palestinian Women and Girls,” Review of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University 4 (2007): 95-104. P. 88.

4 Davis, Penny and Lehn, Wilfred. “And the Fund Still Lives: The Role of the Jewish International Fund in the Determination of Israel’s Land Policies”, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 7 (4), p.3, at pp.4-6(2008).p. 54.

5 Sharoni, Shechem. Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: the Politics of Women’s Resistance. Syracuse University Press 2005. P. 19

6 Davis, Penny and Lehn, Wilfred. “And the Fund Still Lives: The Role of the Jewish International Fund in the Determination of Israel’s Land Policies”, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 7 (4), p.3, at pp.4-6(2008). P.89.

7 Rosemary Sayigh, “Product and Producer of Palestinian History: Stereotypes of ‘Self’ in Camp Women’s Life Stories,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 3 86-105: 2007.p. 12.