Israel: a victory for men’s rights

Our thanks to Geoff for this. The start of the piece:

A 12-year-long battle by activists for men’s rights and family values was capped with success Wednesday, when the Justice Ministry published a revised version of its infamous Prosecution Instruction 2.5, which effectively gave women a free pass to file false charges of violence and sexual abuse against men.

The instruction was initially formulated by then-State Attorney Dorit Beinisch, and was modified by her successor, Edna Arbel, in the early 2000s. Its somewhat elaborate title is: “Policy regarding launching investigation and filing charges on suspicion of giving false or contradictory statements or testimony during an investigation or trial, and for refusal to testify.”

The problematic nature of the instruction was exposed in a journalistic article in 2004 which gained widespread attention and, over the years, the Israeli juristic world has come to see it as allowing women’s perjury against men to go unpunished.

The end of the piece:

This last clause is especially meaningful for men in divorce battles, who are arrested and distanced from their homes and children as a matter of course through the tactical use of false accusations.

Some men’s activists took to calling the instruction, in its previous form, the Wife of Potiphar Clause, after the famous Biblical Egyptian noblewoman who caused Joseph the Righteous to go to jail by falsely accusing him of attempted rape.

Israel has been rocked for many years by scandals involving women’s accusations against men in positions of power. It remains to be seen what effect, if any, the new instruction will have on this dynamic.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Marty

    The greatest danger to western nations, including Israel, does not come from foreign enemies, but from their own women.

  • William Gruff

    The Wife of Potiphar.

  • Groan

    Good news indeed. Particularly as a series of Gov. Guidance’s in this country incentivise allegations of Domestic Abuse, most clearly in the last few years in getting legal aid in family court cases.
    I recall the recent documentary on this. What struck me was the men featured didn’t see this as either a “big” problem overall and also used the “she was sick, upset, etc.” to excuse their tormentor. Really showed the complete absence of “Patriarchy” as the men generally didn’t see the need for male solidarity, saw each case as “one off” and excused the women even when they had been so badly affected by their actions. In short gynocentric as always in “western” legal systems as in ordinary life. So well done to those who have pushed for this change as they didn’t appear to get much wider support.
    And perhaps its inevitable in a Gynocentric society again it seemed to be women, mothers, sisters new girlfriends or wives who felt most strongly that the chap had been needlessly abused.
    Feminists have it “made” in societies such as ours where the “patriarchy” is so absent that the default is to protect women, a default often more vociferously applied by men! Sometimes I think they (feminists) simply can’t lose.

  • Rick Bradford

    Israel was not a country which particularly leapt to mind in the context of feminist excesses….until I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNubAGCGo7U&t=92s. I suspect its the documentary to which Groan refers. If I recall correctly its from 2008. Worth watching.