Breaking Ranks – An Interview With Phyllis Chesler

Fern Sidman writes:

Phyllis Chesler, a nice Jewish girl from Boro Park who in the 1960’s and 70’s gained fame both as a prominent voice of the feminist movement and an internationally renowned left-wing ideologue, broke ranks with the Left several years ago.

The unwillingness of leftists to make unequivocal distinctions between Western democracy and jihadist imperialism; the refusal of feminists to condemn the hideous treatment of women in Third World and Muslim nations; and the appalling hatred of Israel that had come to infect vast precincts of the academic and activist Left – all these played a role in Dr. Chesler’s ideological shift.

The author of thirteen books and numerous articles for a wide variety of publications (The Jewish Press has published nearly 40 of her columns over the past few years), Dr. Chesler is an Emerita professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York; has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East; and has appeared on network and local radio and television programs all over North America and Europe.

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