- Feminist professor at Columbia University
- Justifies Palestinian suicide bombings
- Calls 9/11 "a response . . . to the state terrorism practiced outside of its own ambit by the United States"
Columbia University professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, a self-proclaimed crusader for "international feminism," supports the notion that suicide bombings and mass murders carried out against Israelis and Americans are justifiable - on grounds that Israel and the U.S. purportedly practice state terrorism against weaker peoples in the Middle East. She deems such slaughters the understandable actions of desperate, demoralized populations.
For example, in June 2002, speaking at Leeds University, Spivak said, "Suicide bombing - and the planes of 9/11 were living bombs - is a purposive self-annihilation, a confrontation between oneself and oneself, the extreme end of autoeroticism, killing oneself as other, in the process killing others....Suicidal resistance is a message inscribed on the body when no other means will get through. It is both execution and mourning...you die with me for the same cause, no matter which side you are on. Because no matter who you are, there are no designated killees [sic] in suicide bombing....It is a response...to the state terrorism practiced outside of its own ambit by the United States, and in the Palestinian case additionally to an absolute failure of [Israeli] hospitality."
This profile was adapted from the article "Professors for Suicide Bombers," written by Edward Alexander and published by FrontPageMagazine.com on June 26, 2003.