Effective practices to create a stable peace for generations
Future peace agreements must include mutual engagement from both parties for the improvement of women's rights and human rights
Status of Women Paints A Dismal Picture
A look at the status of women in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the other Arab countries paints a dismal picture of systematic human rights violations in general, and of women in particular.
Violations occur in the most crucial areas of life, family, employment, economics, law, politics and in public domain.
Discrimination against women, racism and the damaging of human freedom, are created when a democratic state allows the non-democratic to be elected.
This is done in order to establish a non-democratic agenda.
This happens in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority.
Women as Assets of their Husbands
In both countries, women are still assets of their husband (in Israel-according to Din Torah- the Bible Law) and are often seen just for procreation and as the family's keeper.
The education system reinforces this idea and brings up generations of men on values that justify physical injury and discrimination. The actual result is that women are discriminated against in public, in court systems, and in employment.
That is even in the secular society.
Extreme Groups Exclude Women
In recent years, the extreme anti-democratic group here, and at our neighbor's, is getting stronger.
We are witnesses to the flood of anti-democratic legislation and norms that specifically excludes women.
These forces of extreme anti-democracy are similar to the eternal refusal to reach a peace agreement. These patriarchal attitudes are racist towards women.
The continuation of the conflict in the region allows the anti-democratic to improve their own position while preventing the progression of human rights and of women's rights.
These forces share the same ideology: sweeping opposition to democracy, "justification" of the violation of human rights, and an ironic use of democratic procedures in order to take control of the State management mechanisms in adopting laws and adopting governance rules stipulate non- equality, subordinate the constitutional democratic constitution in their alternate.
If you monitor the legal system, you can see the discrimination of women in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority at different levels.
Women Without Real Protection from Laws
In Israel, according to religious laws, women are the property of the husband, condemned to desertion, violence, sexual abuse and physical or economic abuse.
All without real protection from the law.
In the Palestinian Authority, under Hamas regime, the situation is much worse.
Recently a law was passed which forbids women to spend time at coffee shops. Laws were also passed which even included governing the clothes a woman wears, of marrying girls to the elderly, and of women's wholesale murder.
A Prerequisite for Durable and Strong Peace
We, who value democracy and equality, are calling for all parties to be included in peace negotiations.
To make a worthy representation of women in both Israel and the Palestine Authority.
To include a mutual commitment clause in the peace agreement, whereby both countries commit themselves to a democratic regime based upon the constitution of civil rights for all citizens.
Especially for women.
A law that does not allow non - democratic groups to use democratic procedures.
Section 7A of the Basic Law and Article 5 of the Knesset parties prohibits the existence of non-democratic political parties, but the actual law has not enforced this at all.
A civil constitution that prevents anti-democratic elements from destroying it, that anchors human rights and, in particular – women’s rights, will be a foundation for a healthy society. This, and encouraged dialogue, is a prerequisite for durable and strong peace.
Peace initiative is the result of joint work of democracy activists - Roni Aloni-Sadovnik, Yaron Yadan, Shahar Ilan.