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Some 2,000 demonstrators marched to protest against women, on an annual rally on Sunday night held in Tel Aviv to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Participants, wearing pink hats as a symbol of protest against women against women, marched from Rabin Square to the Cinematheque Plaza.
The hats were in the style of the Pussyhat Project hats that were launched on November 2016 to mark the Women's March on Washington.
Protesters chanted "We will not be silent anymore," "No means no," and "We are not transparent – women make revolutions."
Speaking at the rally, Miriam Scheller, Director of the Tel Aviv Assistance Center, said: "We call for an end to the reality in which more and more women are raising their voices, but the authorities refuse to listen."
She said he will continue to fight against a reality in which nine out of 10 cases have been closed without an indictment; In which girls who have been assaulted are forced to leave school; and in which the sexual offenses are treated as gossip – "a reality in which they talk about security, but that does not include our security We will continue to change the priorities till we put an end to rape culture, "she said.
Event organizers noted one of the 22 women who died in the last week, the same week the coalition voted against a bill to set up a parliamentary committee of inquiry in the phenomenon of murder in women in Israel
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The rejection of the bill was raised during a visit made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, to a battered women's shelter earlier Sunday. During his meeting, one of the women pointed out that Netanyahu opposed the bill, after he remarked that he did not follow it Netanyahu responded by saying the bill probably did not pass
Sara Netanyahu Afterfully scolded her husband by saying, "This is really a problem of coalition and opposition. This is everyone's shared issue. "
In a statement released, the Prime Minister said: "When the woman I discovered something that amazed me Woman after woman after woman – I discovered that we are making great efforts, and there will be greater efforts, to treat these women in the shelters and afterwards … but I discovered that we are doing almost nothing crime It's like dealing with terror, and this is terror for all intents and purposes, but not dealing with the terrorists. "
Enforcement, deterrence, punishment and justice are what Netanyahu said has lacking. "Something is wrong here. We need to come up with a plan which does not only address the victims but also the perpetrators. "
In response to Netanyahu's statement, MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List) who heads the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women: "The Prime Minister finally found some minutes of his epidemic of violence against women. "
"The Prime Minister's statements are proof that the issue is not just on his agenda. Mr. Netanyahu said, 'Something here is lacking,' and he himself voted last week together with the coalition against my proposal to investigate the failures and defaults in defending women, "she continued.
"Did you know, Prime Minister, that is already the ministerial committee? Did you know that there is a plan of action approved by the ministers only that is not budgeted? We are not promoting the campaign! You will not bury the subject in the process and build new plans that will depend on the prevailing political mood. In the meantime, women are paying their lives. It is necessary to provide immediate funding for the current national program! "
Meretz leader MK Tamar Zandberg said at the rally: "They tell us it's not political, but when the public officials refused a motion in the Knesset against the war, the can not be said that it is not political. The allocation of resources is political …. We demand that government take responsibility. "
The event was organized by several women's organizations including the Tel Aviv Women's Crisis Support Center; the Israel Women's Network; the Feminine Spirit; Na'amat and the Women's Counseling Center; and was supported by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality.
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