International Human Rights Day

Infringements of basic rights during war occur due to submission to the dictates of the religious parties

The Right for Civil BurialThe Right for Civil Burial

On December 10, the world marks International Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, the year the State of Israel was founded, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The current war has revealed failures of the State not only in the field of security but has also betrayed the values which were promised to its citizens upon its establishment. We are currently feeling the frustration of both male and female soldiers whose country does not allow them to exercise the right to marry, and find themselves forced to find marriage alternatives outside the country's borders; and the pain when we hear of soldiers and civilians who were murdered in the Oct. 7th massacre in Israel and in the war since then - who had to be buried "outside the fence",  

We are feeling the frustration of both male and female soldiers whose country does not allow them to exercise the right to marry

since the Rabbinate does not accept them as Jews and the Orthodox Rabbinate controls burial in most parts of the country.

Soldiers and civilians encounter a severe violation of their freedom of movement due to the lack of public transportation on Shabbat, hindering their ability to come home on leave for Shabbat from their units or to visit their loved ones and family members over the weekend. Women are still excluded and discriminated against in many areas. All of these infringements of basic rights occur due to submission to the dictates of the religious parties.

We express our commitment to these fundamental values once again and emphasize the need institute a profound change in the political situation in Israel which will allow the full realization of Israel's identity as a Jewish and democratic state.



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