by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) A research paper that won a Hebrew University teachers' committee prize finds that the lack of IDF rapes of Palestinian women is designed to serve a political purpose.
"In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences - just as organized military rape would have done."
The paper further theorizes that Arab women in Judea and Samaria are not raped by IDF soldiers because the women are de-humanized in the soldiers' eyes.
This is patently ridiculous. First, no amount of dehumanization can hide a woman's breasts and hips from a man's leer, no matter how racist he is. Second, studies show that most rapes are motivated by egotistical desires for power, not sexuality; therefore, dehumanization of Arab women would tend to increase the rate of rape, since the soldiers would have more occasion to champion their superiority and power.
If anything, then, the paucity of rape of Arab women by IDF soldiers shows that the soldiers view the Arab women as more human than other world armies view their enemy's women.
Even if not, it instead shows that if the IDF soldiers do view the Arab women as non-human, these soldiers have been, at least, conditioned to not act upon their racism, since one would naturally and reasonably expect dehumanization of Arab women to lead to their rape.
So either IDF soldiers are not racist, or they are but control their racism and do not act upon it; this is what the paucity of rape shows.
Cf. comments #1, 10, 13 there.