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After spate of murdered women, MKs call on government to ratify Istanbul Convention

Shira Vishniak, center, whose sister Maya was killed in an incident of domestic violence, addresses a rally against violence towards women, in Tel Aviv, on June 1, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Shira Vishniak, center, whose sister Maya was killed in an incident of domestic violence, addresses a rally against violence towards women, in Tel Aviv, on June 1, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman sends a letter to Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar calling on the government to immediately ratify joining the Istanbul Convention against violence against women.

The letter was signed by Touma-Sliman, the chair of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of Women, as well as MKs from both the opposition and the coalition.

“How many more women have to die?” Touma-Sliman asks, referencing the killings this week of a woman in Haifa at the hands of her husband, Sapir Nahum of Acre and anti-violence activist Johara Khnifes.

Sa’ar had been pushing for Israel to join the international treaty, but Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked halted efforts last month over concerns over clauses granting political asylum.

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