Here's a gem that escaped the mainstream media's attention last week. Apparently, according to a UN report, Palestinian men beat their wives because of Israel. UN Watch reports that during a recent UN Human Rights Council debate, council vice-president Amr Ahmed Ramadan of Egypt "broke with parliamentary protocol and refused to thank the representative of UN Watch after he challenged a new report that blames Israel for when Palestinian men commit violence against women, and asked why Islamic preachers of wife-beating were ignored."
The U.N. expert — who slammed Israeli counter-terrorism measures for their “gendered impact” on Palestinian women yet failed to cite Palestinian stabbings or rocket attacks for their “gendered impact” on Israeli women — failed to answer UN Watch director Hillel Neuer’s question about the source of her data for blaming Israel for Palestinian violence against women.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, gave his testimony before the council and asked why the report is devoid of any hard evidence to support its assertion that there is a link between Palestinian wife-beating being catalyzed by the conflict with Israel.
"Mr. Chairman, today’s report on Israel and the Palestinian territories provides important information on women targeted by violence," Neuer said.
"Regrettably, however, the report is undermined by its subservience to one recurring unproven assumption. As highlighted by the rapporteur, that is the 'clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and violence against women.'" He continued:
Ms. Simonovic, in other words, what you are saying is as follows: “When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.”
In this regard, I wish to pose some questions:
First: how do you know there is a “clear linkage”? Where is the data? I don’t see it anywhere in the report, not in Addendum 1 or 2.
Is it right to continue infantilizing Palestinians, such that when a man in Ramallah beats his wife, we encourage him to say ‘Israel made me do it’?
No, it is not right. But the international community continues to make excuses for Palestinian malfeasance time and again.