Israeli Arab women have no problem being slapped

Monday, November 24, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff  

Though Arabs in Israel, and especially Arab women, enjoy greater freedoms than anywhere else in the Middle East, a new poll shows that most Israeli Arab women still view domestic violence by their husbands as acceptable.

Conducted by the Na'amat women's organization, the survey revealed that 70 percent of Israeli Arab women who are pushed, slapped or struck by their husbands or other males in their lives do not consider themselves victims of domestic violence.

Even more respondents, 73 percent, said they would not classify as "abuse" their husbands cursing or humiliating them.

The poll was conducted to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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