LISTEN: Israeli Women Unite to Battle Violence – and a Government That Doesn't Care

A coalition of 50 feminist and women's organizations joined forces to bring thousands of Israeli women - Jews and Arabs alike - into the streets to protest government inaction.

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Last week, thousands of Israeli women held a nationwide day of protest against the inaction of the Israeli government and of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the face of rising violence against women. Since the start of this year, 24 girls and women have been murdered in Israel. Over half of these murders were committed by a male relative of the victim or a current or ex-partner.

On this week's episode of Haaretz Weekly, host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's Allison Kaplan Sommer and two of the organizers of last week's women's protest – Dror Sadot and Anat Nir – to discuss the struggle by women not only for government protection against violence, but also for a greater voice in running what is still a highly militaristic and male-dominated society.

We also discuss the Women's March in the United States and ask whether, given that many people view the organization as tainted by some of its leaders' ties to virulent anti-Semites, Jewish women have a place alongside people like Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.

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