Frequent Israeli military attacks have left a large number of women in Gaza on their own to raise their families. Pal-Think for Strategic Studies estimates that in just the aftermath of the 23-day Israeli military operation called “Cast Lead” in 2008-2009, more than 800 new widows were created. These widows suffer from insecure incomes and constant feelings of threat and insecurity, high levels of anxiety and concern about lack of access to education and other services for them and their children.
Wait… but why did the evil Zionist war machine kill men rather than women? Is it possible that these tragic victims were really terrorists?
And even when the terrorists survive, they start divorcing their wives. Because Israel.
A result of these growing tensions is a rise in the divorce rate (perceived as increasing by 24.6 per cent of the interviewees)
“Aisha, I am divorcing you.” “But why, Mohammed?” “Because of Zionism.”
…and violence against women and girls. More than half (58.9 per cent) of the women in the study said they believe domestic violence is a growing problem in Gaza, and an even larger proportion (61.3 per cent) think their children are more at risk.
Gaza is run by Hamas, which hews to a more “traditional” Islamic view of the female sex. That may have something to do with it. But no, it’s obviously Israel.
It’s unknown why Muslim men in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia beat their wives. But it’s also probably Israel’s fault.
An earlier survey (2011) by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics corroborated the women’s concerns. It found that approximately 37 per cent of Palestinian women in both the West Bank and Gaza had experienced physical or sexual abuse by their husbands in the previous 12 months. A larger 51 per cent in Gaza reported violence within the household directed against at least one member (including children).
Fortunately there’s an answer.
The only answer to the suffering of the people of Gaza, including its neglected women, is for the international community to hold Israel accountable…
The only way to make Muslim men stop beating their wives is by holding Israel accountable.
Won’t someone please stop Israel from forcing Muslim men to beat their wives?