Israeli Violence on International Women's Day
by Stephen Lendman
Israel is a longstanding police state.
Police state harshness reflects official Israeli policy. Palestinians are ruthlessly targeted. On March 8, Israeli security forces stormed the Al Aqsa mosque.
It wasn't the first time. It won't be last. They did so on International Women's Day. They commemorated it violently. More on that below.
On December 20, 1993 the UN General Assembly (GA) adopted Resolution 48/104 - Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. It includes:
"Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation."
Rogue states commit and condone similar abuses within communities, educational institutions and elsewhere. Israel's one of the worst.
On December 17, 1999, the General Assembly passed Resolution 54/134. Doing so designated November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Adoption occurred on February 7, 2000.
Doing so "invited, as appropriate, Governments, the relevant agencies, bodies, funds and programmes of the United Nations system, and other international organizations and non-governmental organizations, to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women."
Palestinian women endure horrendous Israeli abuse. It's gone on for decades. It reflects occupation harshness. Exceptional suffering follows.
It persists without relief. Israel scorns anyone not Jewish. Racism is institutionalized. It's part of Israel's culture. It's violent and extreme.
National Women's Day dates from February 28, 1909. It followed a Socialist Party of America declaration. Gender equality was stressed.
On March 8, 1975, the UN began celebrating International Women's Day. In December 1977, the General Assembly proclaimed a UN day for Women's Rights and International Peace.
In February 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched: "UNiTe to End Violence against Women."