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Look into Michal's eyes: where is there a single official in the government who will raise her voice from the ground? - Walla! news


Members of the government, what did you put into the coalition agreements to prevent the murder of women and how much more blood needs to be spilled before Israel joins the international convention for the prevention of domestic violence? The "Istanbul Convention" is the most advanced road map in the field. Anyone who sets foot on her - murders my sister one more time

Eliran Malol, who murdered his wife Michal Sela, was sent to life imprisonment (Photo: Shalu Shalom/TPS)

The Israeli government has not yet been established and a signed commitment has already been published regarding what will not happen on the issue of preventing violence against women: the incoming government undertakes not to sign the "Istanbul Treaty".

When I read this, my heart turned.

The Istanbul Convention is an international gold standard for the prevention of femicide and domestic violence.

This signature raises the questions: How is it possible that there are elected officials who oppose the prevention of femicide?

What will change in order for us to save the next murdered woman who puts her name on the wall?

Where is our security?

Where is the commitment to alternative legislation that will ensure the saving of lives and the safety of threatened women and children inside the home?

Where is there one official in the government who will make the voice of my sister's blood come out of the ground?

Opponents of the Istanbul Convention for the Prevention of Violence against Women actually belong to the Erdoğan camp.

The president of Turkey is also concerned that an electronic bracelet on the leg of a man who was violent towards his wife is an interference with family values.

That is why he also made sure that Istanbul did not sign the Istanbul Convention.

How much more blood needs to be spilled?

Lily Ben Ami (Photo: Courtesy of those photographed, Nir Kider)

Six months ago, 15 families of murdered women reunited for the first time in the pavilion - together we stood outside the Prime Minister's house in the "demonstration of the murdered women", cried and chanted together "May the revolution be remembered".

We called on the Israeli government to adopt the Istanbul Convention, we made a video in which we asked to "look us in the eyes", we came to the Knesset and participated in the Cabinet of Ministers discussions and for the first time we were also invited to a conversation with the Prime Minister in his office.

In these discussions, I came to know that there is a consensus among all the parties on the ground that the treaty is good for Israel - starting with centers for the prevention of domestic violence, through shelters, the police, the inter-ministerial committee for the prevention of domestic violence, the Ministry of Welfare and all the organizations and associations that provide direct service to the victims of violence and hold the bleeding bodies in their hands.

On the other hand, all the parties opposing the convention have never been active in preventing violence against women.

In the Knesset, MK Simcha Rothman explained to me that he opposes the treaty because then Israel will be forced to give shelter to foreign women who flee for their lives from violence. In response, attorney Hila Tana Gilad from the Ministry of Justice explained that the state entered reservations regarding these clauses so that Israel would be exempt from them.

Moreover, Israel is already a signatory to the International Refugee Convention and the International Convention for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings, and in both Israel is already committed to providing shelter to refugees.

In fact, the Istanbul Convention does not add anything new to what already exists in this area of ​​refugees.

Moreover, for several years now, state officials have been secretly and cautiously cooperating with foreign countries and smuggling Israeli women who are threatened, lonely, and vice versa.

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Michal Sela and her sister Lili Ben Ami (photo: courtesy of the family)

At the same time as the attempts to succeed in adding the State of Israel to the treaty, we tried another way: we offered the government an alternative to the treaty: an operative alternative legislation basket to the Istanbul treaty.

We drafted a document with 20 operative clauses for the prevention of femicide and domestic violence, which is signed by 22 organizations that deal with the prevention of domestic violence.

We gave the document to the current Prime Minister.

This activity was able to pass on July 4, 2022, in the first reading in the Knesset, the electronic monitoring law for perpetrators of domestic violence, which will make it possible to protect the victims.

Now the law can be applied continuously and the incoming government can today commit to passing it and saving lives.

How much more blood needs to be spilled before Israel joins the international convention to prevent feminicide?

The Istanbul Convention is the most advanced road map in the field.

Anyone who sets foot on her - murders my sister one more time.

Besides the Istanbul Convention, there are laws on the government's table to save the life of the next murdered person.

I am turning to the incoming Prime Minister and asking him: instead of signing what will not happen, it is time to hear what will happen to prevent the murder of Michal Baqa!

The author is Lily Ben Ami, CEO of the Michal Sela Forum and sister of the late Michal Sela who was murdered in her home.

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