During a special Knesset session to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Speaker of the Knesset MK Yuli-Yoel Edelstein (Likud) said, “This struggle may be global, but, unfortunately, the emergency situation is alarmingly local, because this year, just this year, 20 women have been murdered in Israel, an average of every two weeks. Twenty mothers, sisters, friends and partners who lived a precious life until someone treated them as though they had no value.”

“What’s different about this year? Nothing. These figures have been repeating themselves over the past few years, like a line of flags that are too sad and too red,” Speaker Edelstein told the plenum. “But the murder of women is just the tip of a much broader phenomenon. Some 180,000 women complain each year about violence by their partners, and these are just the women who still have enough strength to go to the police station and lodge a complaint. It is estimated that many more women are part of the ring of violence, the ring of fear and humiliation which smothers them, their children and their entire environment.”

“I don’t have to tell you that no violence, against any person and of any kind, is justifiable. There is no justified murder, there is no justified robbery, and there are no justified threats. But today we are specifically marking the struggle against violence against women, because in these cases the hand which strikes…is an expression of a certain worldview which considers a woman to be property or a tool or a creature which is only close to being human. Violence against women is the mere manifestation of a worldview which assigns to a woman certain roles which she must fill. And if she doesn’t, she should beware.”

MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), chair of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, said that in the struggle against violence against women “we cannot compromise, lower our voices or even rest. Why? Because doing so costs lives.”

“Despite the fact that at this point our struggle should have been about quality of life and improving women’s situation and status, we keep finding ourselves demanding the obvious, the most elementary and basic right there is – life.”