U.N. blames Israel for Palestinian men beating wives

A new report from the United Nations makes the outrageous claim that Israel is to blame for Palestinian men beating their wives. The report was written and submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council by "U.N. expert" Dubravka Simonovic.

Simonovic claims in the report there is a “clear linkage” between the “Israeli occupation” and Palestinian domestic abuse.

"While recognizing the imperatives related to security and stability in the region, the Rapporteur highlights the clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and [violence against women], and she notes, like her predecessor, that the occupation does not exonerate the State of Palestine from its due human rights obligation to prevent, investigate, punish and provide remedies for acts of gender-based violence (GBV) in the areas and for persons under its jurisdiction or effective control," Simonovic wrote.

The report goes on to state:

"Several testimonies the Rapporteur collected highlighted that the economic situation, the level of unemployment and the pressure of the occupation have a greater impact on women’s and children’s lives, making them more vulnerable to domestic violence, in particular in Gaza, due to the constant pressure felt by the blockade and the recurring cycles of conflict, and the overcrowding that limits their mobility and privacy."

Simonovic responded to criticism of her claims by stating “any man who is beating his wife is responsible – he is a perpetrator of violence.”

“But when we are speaking about human rights responsibility and due diligence responsibility, then we are at a different level, because states have due diligence responsibility to prevent violence against women and to establish measures to prevent such violence; to punish perpetrators of violence and to provide compensation to victims,” Simonovic said.

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