As 30,000 rally in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu brands violence against women ‘terrorism’
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

As 30,000 rally in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu brands violence against women ‘terrorism’

Israeli prime minister says 'punishment for these criminals' must be handed out if they cannot be rehabilitated

Thousands protest at Rabin Square as part of a nationwide strike protesting the violence against women, following the murders of two young women in the past week, in Tel Aviv, on December 4, 2018. Photo by: JINIPIX
Thousands protest at Rabin Square as part of a nationwide strike protesting the violence against women, following the murders of two young women in the past week, in Tel Aviv, on December 4, 2018. Photo by: JINIPIX

 Violence against women is “terrorism,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a day after some 30,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv to protest violence against women and girls.

Netanyahu, who is heading a special ministerial committee to deal with the fight against domestic violence, said he has prepared a “multi-year plan to bolster the battle, give police and welfare authorities tools and step up punishments. As far as I’m concerned, the order to police has been that the issue is a top priority.”

The prime minister said would make use of money budgeted for the issue but never used.

“You don’t handle terrorism by only treating the victim,” he said. “No one would imagine fighting terrorism without handling the terrorists. Those who can be rehabilitated will be. But primarily we need punishment for these criminals.”

The committee will immediately promote legislation to force abusive men to wear an electronic bracelet.

The rally at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv capped off a day of protests and memorials, including a 24-minute silence observed starting at 10 a.m. in memory of the 24 women and girls killed since the beginning of the year. Major intersections in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were blocked, and protests took place in large and small cities throughout the country.

To illustrate the issue, more than 200 pairs of women’s shoes, painted red, were placed in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square.

Listen to this week’s episode of The Jewish Views podcast! SPECIAL EDITION – Chanukah in the Square!

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more:
comments