Domestic Gun Violence In Israel

This post first appeared in The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.

b-sisterhood-gun-042913Back in December 2011, I wrote here at The Sisterhood about the lack of attention in Israel toward violence against women. At that time, there had been 12 cases of women murdered by their husbands or other family members as a result of security guards taking their weapons home after work. Now that number is up to more than 30.

Israel Social TV, an independent media non-profit organization, recently aired a segment highlighting the Israeli government’s latest attempt at curbing this particular type of domestic violence. From what was reported, it looks like the fix is not the right one.

According to Smadar Ben-Natan, an attorney working for the Gun-Free Home Coalition, there are 40,000 firearms in the possession of private security guards in Israel. The number keeps growing as the demand for security at schools, commercial establishments, entertainment venues and other places constantly increases. There are more guns in the hands of security guards than there are in the hands of Israel’s police force.

Click here to read more and watch the video.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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