Mordechai Kedar

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Mordechai Kedar (Hebrew: מרדכי קידר‎, Arabic: مردخاي كيدار‎; born 1952 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. He holds the Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University.

Kedar is an academic on the Israeli Arab population. He served for twenty-five years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena.[1] The Los Angeles Times' Edmund Sanders described him as "one of the few Arabic-speaking Israeli pundits seen on Arabic satellite channels defending Israel".[2]

Kedar said in June 2008 that "Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, period" and also said that Jerusalem was not mentioned in the Qur'an.[3] After the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were discovered in 2014, Kedar claimed in an interview that "A terrorist, like those who kidnapped the boys and killed them, the only thing that will deter them, is if they know that either their sister or mother will be raped if they are caught".[4]


  1. ^ "Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar". The Begin–Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Bar-Ilan University. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  2. ^ Edmund Sanders (June 26, 2011). "Israel urged to speak directly to Arab world". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Ronen, Gil. "Video: Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Al-Jazeera, Eloquent and Unafraid". Israel National News. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Ami (21 July 2014). "Israeli scholar: ‘Only raping the sister of a terrorist can deter him’". +972 Magazine. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

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