Last Wednesday, a bill for the establishment of a parliamentary committee of inquiry was voted down in the Knesset by the coalition government.

The motion was defeated by 59 votes to 56..

Among those that voted ”No” was the PM himself, explaining it as ”because the bill was initiated by the opposition”.

A nationwide strike in protest of this decision has begun. It is gaining strong momentum already which will hopefully force the government to take more decisive action.

As part of the protest against domestic violence against women, MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) has decided to cancel a monitoring meeting on the implementation of the Rights of Victims of Crime Law (2001), which was scheduled for Tuesday.

“We will dedicate the day to protesting across the country as part of the demand to fund the government plan to eradicate gender-based violence, and to support the courageous women who have decided to strike,” MK Rozin said. “In doing so, we will also be allowing organizations and government elements to join the protest rather than force them to arrive at the Knesset.”

Since the beginning of 2018, at least 23 women have been murdered—the highest number since 2011, according to the data collected by the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO). The statistics also show that in the years 2017 and 2016, 16 women were murdered each year, while 13 were murdered each year in 2014 and in 2015

These protests come on the heels of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women