Israeli police appear to be hesitant to interfere in cases of domestic violence among Muslims; perhaps they’re afraid of being labeled “Islamophobic.” This story shows that such political correctness does nothing but endanger women. “‘Inaction puts Arab women at risk from domestic violence,'” by Ruth Eglash in the Jerusalem Post, November 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
As official figures showed that a high percentage of women murdered last year by their husbands or partners were from the Arab community, Itach (Women Lawyers for Social Justice) released statistics on Wednesday showing that only about half of the 200 complaints police received about domestic violence were passed on for prosecution.
“It’s important to be aware that the women murdered do not represent the full picture. The full picture is the thousands of women who live in fear that they will be murdered,” said lawyer Keren Shemesh-Perlmuter, director of Itach.
“We see from the statistics that many Arab women turn to the police, but their complaints are not dealt with properly,” she said. “This means that women who are trapped in a cycle of violence have nowhere to turn. They keep it to themselves and either are killed or end up suffering for many years.”
Shemesh-Perlmuter said that “even if they do complain, the process goes on forever and ever, and in nearly half the cases, the police simply close the case.
This means that other women are reluctant to come forward and lodge complaints in cases of domestic violence.”
According to the Itach’s findings, out of 148 detectives specially trained to work in domestic violence cases, only 33 can speak Arabic, 10 are from the Arab community and only two are Arab women.
“This makes it even more difficult for Arab women to feel comfortable about reporting domestic abuse,” Shemesh- Perlmuter said. “It also means that the police are not equipped to properly investigate the cases, and in 50 percent of them, it ends up being the woman’s word against the man.” […]
Official figures released on Wednesday – a day ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – revealed that 18 women were murdered by their husbands or partners so far this year; seven of them were from the country’s 1.5- million-strong Arab population.