Sa’ar delays government vote on Istanbul Convention | The Jewish Press – | Hana Levi Julian | 26 Iyyar 5782 – 26 May 2022


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Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar (New Hope) has delayed the government’s vote on joining the UN Istanbul Convention, Ha’aretz reported Thursday.

The vote, which was due to take place by the end of this month, could have resulted in Israel joining an international pact that limits the country’s rights to determine who enters and who stays in Israel.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) asked Sa’ar two weeks ago to change the language of the Convention, particularly in clauses that could limit Israel’s ability to control immigration. Soon after, Sa’ar met with representatives of family and immigration organizations to discuss their objections to Israel joining the pact.

Saar’s decision to postpone the vote came after reflecting on comments he heard during that meeting, which lasted about four hours.

“We commend Justice Minister Sa’ar for this courageous decision to review the Convention and thank the civil society organizations that joined efforts to stop him,” the Center for Israeli Immigration Policy said. in a statement after the announcement.

“Combating gender-based violence is important, but not at the expense of state identity. We will continue the fight until the Convention is completely removed from the agenda.

On the face of it, the Convention is meant to protect women from domestic violence and abuse. However, when one carefully examines the details of its articles, one can see the legal problems that could arise if Israel were to sign this pact.

For more details on the problematic articles of the Convention, read:
Knesset set to vote on Istanbul Convention Trojan horse that undermines Israel’s immigration policies

The Istanbul Convention was opened to signatories 11 years ago, in Istanbul, Turkey (hence its name). But last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country would withdraw from the pact, explaining in a statement that “the Istanbul convention, initially intended to promote women’s rights, was hijacked by a group of people trying to normalize homosexuality, which is incompatible with Turkish social and family values. Hence the decision to withdraw.

The Convention may also be inconsistent with the policies of Israel, in particular the determination to protect its people from the actions of illegal migrants and hostile Palestinian Authority residents (and other foreign residents) who marry Israeli citizens and want to enter the Jewish state via what is called “family reunification”.


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