Israeli Scholar Says Outcry Over His Rape Remarks Has Not Hurt Planned U.S. Tour

Israeli Scholar Says Outcry Over His Rape Remarks Has Not Hurt Planned U.S. Tour 1

(Courtesy of Mordechai Kedar)

Mordechai Kedar says he was not advocating sexual assault but was describing “the culture in which we live.”

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(Courtesy of Mordechai Kedar)

Mordechai Kedar says he was not advocating sexual assault but was describing “the culture in which we live.”

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