When Palestinian men beat their wives, apparently it’s Israel’s fault.
That’s the implication made by a United Nations expert on violence against women, Dubravka Simonovic, author of a report that links the Israeli occupation of disputed territories with the way Palestinian men treat women, according to CNS News.
A stance Egypt’s ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Amr Ramadan, may endorse, given his indignant treatment of U.N. Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, who suggested the abuse may be more the result of incitement by Islamic preachers.
More from CNS News on Neuer’s position:
Noting that Simonovic’s report referred to a “clear linkage between the prolonged [Israeli] occupation and violence against [Palestinian] women,” Neuer asked her where the data was to back up the claim, as it did not appear in the report, he said.
He said she was essentially saying that, “When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.”
“Is it right to continue infantilizing Palestinians, such that when a man in Ramallah beats his wife, we encourage him to say ‘Israel made me do it’?”
Neuer inquired as to why the report did not include comparable data on violence against women in Arab societies that are not under “occupation,” before dropping the question of the day.
“Why did you fail to mention that official Palestinian TV regularly broadcasts Islamic preachers who tell the people how to beat their wives?” he asked.
Palestinian delegate Dina Asfour was all in favor of Simonovic report, saying Israel is the real impediment to the empowerment of Arab women in the occupied territories.
“The colonial Israeli military occupation remains the major obstacle for Palestinian women,” Asfour explained. “Only an end to the occupation will bring true and lasting empowerment to the Palestinian people including women and girls.”
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