Naomi Wolf (born 1962) is an American Jewish author and women’s rights activist. The organized Jewry has long labeled her “Self-Hating, Israel-Threatening (S.H.I.T)” Jew. Again and again, she has proved that she deserved the honor.
On July 25, 2014, Wolf posted on her Facebook page that G-d of Israel (Yehweh) never promised Israel to Jews. Rabbi Shumley Boteach, the most famous pro-Israel American “holy man”, and author of book Kosher Sex, could not take this outburst from some cursed Jewess to interpret the Holy Old Testament. On August 6, 2014, the good-old rabbi in an Op-Ed at the Jew York Observer blasted not only Wolf over her “misinterpretation” of the Old Testament and Talmud but also Turkish president Recep Tayyip Ordogan, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz’s obscene charge of an Israeli genocide.
On August 8, 2014, Naomi Wolf responded Boteach’s Israeli hasbara rant on her Facebook page as follows:
Now 10-year-old Ibrahim has been killed in Gaza while playing in a mosque under construction. So…why if Israel has such great expensive firepower, does a civilian die again?
And…Rabbi Boteach..do we really want to be the people who say — it is only 419 (now with Ibrahim, God rest his soul, 420) children dead — ‘it is not a genocide’? Is that the side of history we wish to stand on?
Do you think this is what God asks of us, to split rhetorical hairs like this in the face of the murder of children? I could cite you chapter and verse from our scripture warning us that justice, mercy and the saving of human life — not Jewish but human life — is what God demands of us, not nationalism or militarism or fetishizing a state or an ethnicity. Read the Prophets — they are not talking about borders. They are talking about righteousness, and about God being p–d off at us when we deviate from the path of righteousness. Which we formally now are.
Please check the Geneva conventions definitions of genocide — they support my use of ‘genocide’, not yours — but that is not what is most important. The issue here is: do we want to be the people manifesting what should be truly Jewish values — justice, compassion, mercy, kindness — or do we want to be remembered as the people who are equivocating over the bodies of children?
I actually feel that Israel is exhibiting the opposite of real Jewish values. Jewish values as I see and cherish them, as I was raised on them — are — humanism — – valuing all people in a context of diversity — justice (universal Kantian justice, not ‘justice for Jews” or a double standard in the law) — the search for the truth, not ‘hasbarah’ or spin — and the idea of transparent universal ethics. THAT is true Judaism. THAT, not a nation-state, is Judaism’s contribution to the world.
On July 31, 2014, Naomi Wolf penned a column calling the latest 50-day Israeli slaughter of more than 2,100 civilians including 534 children as an Unholy War which was totally against the Jewish values.
I remember how Naomi Wolf irked Western Islamophobe crowed when she praised the Islamic liberation of women 1400 years ago and the benefits of Hijab and Islamic modesty in male and female clothing. On August 30, 2008, The Sydney Morning Herald published her Op-Ed entitled, ‘Behind the veil lives a thriving Muslim sexuality‘.