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        5/23/2013, Sivan 14, 5773

      Joint Committee Meeting on Protecting Bedouin Women


      Chairwomen Aliza Lavie of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Miri Regev of the Interior and Environmental Protection Committee will hold a joint hearing on protection for at-risk Bedouin women. Doctor Lavie said, "It is time to address what is happening in our own backyard and put the issue at center stage. We must reach out to the most disadvantaged population in the country, which is not well represented and is not sufficiently aware of its problems and possibilities for a solution. We need to consider how you can help Bedouin women with the appropriate sensitivity." Citing a phrase from Jewish law, she concluded, "If we do not act soon, we cannot say next time "We did not shed this blood."

      Regev said, "The Bedouin sector requires a methodical response and treatment on many issues: infrastructure, planning and construction, education and personal security. The issue of violence in the Bedouin family and society is recognized but demands a systemic examination by all the authorities in the country. The committee will stress the unique needs of the society and planning issues."