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Israel Fathers Protest Militant Feminist Conference at Bar Ilan University
Bar Ilan University's Rackman Center is launching its biggest attack against divorced men by hosting two male bashing conferences on January 3, 2012.
The Rackman Center at Bar Ilan University is headed by militant feminist Dr. Ruth Halperin-Kadari, in close association with another leading speaker, Dr. Dafna Hacker of Tel Aviv University’s Gender Studies program, another militant feminist with strong ties to the New Israel Fund. Hacker is a founder of Itach-Maaki, an organization that recently volunteered to assist in the legal defense of sadistic man-killer Erika Orbush Frishkin. Halperin-
The morning session is an indoctrination session to train social workers in justifying parental alienation, and the use of sophisticated language to deny fathers parental rights and access to their children. Australian male bashing guru Jennifer McIntosh will participate by videoconference, and will persuade Israeli social workers that only mothers connect to children because of neuron emissions from the right side of their brains.
The second session is the unveiling of two committee reports, one on custody and visitations, and the other on child support. Both committees are expected to announce reforms which the ultra feminist organizations are desperately trying to sabotage. The second session will be attended by the Minister of Justice, Yaakov Neeman, and the committee chairmen, Dan Schnit and Pinchas Schiffman.
Israeli pro-family and men’s rights organizations are outraged that such important conferences are held on the militant feminists’ home turf, and will be moderated by the same women who try to prevent any reform in family law from taking place. Moderator Ruth Halperin Kaddari has already expressed her position that the tender years presumption (automatic custody to women) should not be eliminated, and instead stretched out to apply to children and youths until the age of 18. In the past, she has been caught falsifying statistical data, and disseminating false results of public opinion polls and surveys.
Another speaker at the first session, Saviona Rotlevi, was herself in charge of a sub-Commission on parental equality between 1997-2003. After six years of deliberations, she refused to issue a final recommendation, on the ground that she personally thinks that men are not mature enough to handle tasks of caring for children.
This appears to be in the 9th annual conference held in this format. All eight previous conferences were secret, and the public was not made aware of them. Members of the pro-family and men’s rights organizations stated: “Now we understand why we are being treated with such immense hostility. Apparently, the Ministry of Welfare has been training its social workers at the institution where hatred of men is a form of art."
MK Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich (Kadima) has published letters she sent earlier this week to Welfare Minister Moshe Kachlon and Bar Ilan President Moshe Kaveh, asking them to rethink the conference, and cancel it. She states that it is academic hypocrisy to allow only radical male hating feminist speakers at such important conferences with national impact, and close the events to speakers supporting parental equality.
The conference is timed to coincide with the release of the conclusions of government committees that are expected to recommend canceling the Tender Years Clause that gives mothers automatic custody over young children in divorce. Israel is said to be the last country in the world where this presumption is still in effect, and causes a generation of fatherless children.
Shamalov-Berkovich notes that the conference is biased and that the social workers should also be exposed to the views of experts who support the cancellation of the Tender Years presumption, and the benefits of joint custody. In divorce cases that involve disagreement over parenting arrangements, social worker’s reports and recommendations are crucial to shaping the court’s decision, because family courts simply “so order” them without trial.
Bar Ilan U’s militant feminist leadership suffered some setbacks in the past year, in the wake of growing criticism of its ultra-leftist leanings.
Jennifer McIntosh, the Australian key speaker who intends to talk about “mental primary caretaker” research in Australia, received warnings from Israeli men's rights activists. In their letters they ask Ms. McIntish to decline participation in the Israeli Rackman Center conference. “The fathers’ rights organizations in Israel intend to protest both inside and outside against Australian meddling with the internal affairs of Israel and the rights of Israeli parents to a happy, peaceful, loving and caring relationship with their children post-divorce on an equal basis”. The fathers complain that McIntosh has “no idea about the ruthless oppression of men in Israeli Courts and by social workers, police, psychiatrists and even the rabbinical courts”, and “no idea how prevalent the “contact centers” are in Israel. It is enough that a woman creates a “lack of trust” situation for the SW and judges to send normative men to contact centers”. “You have no idea how many men commit suicide here because of the incitement of hatred by organizations such as the Rackman Center. You also have no idea how hate mongering propaganda emanating from the Rackman Center is being used to suppress the lives of men, and you appear to willingly join the war against men in Israel”.
According to the fathers, the conferences will the videotaped and used as evidence in a litigation which is already filed in Texas based on Alien Tort Claim Act (“ATCA”) on the allegation that that the McIntosh and “the ferocious feminist organizations incite hatred and perpetrate crimes against humanity by separating men from their children”.
In conclusion, the Israeli fathers tell McIntosh, “we find that what you are about to speak of, at said conference, is nothing but junk science, and a despicable one as well, dressed up as “academic research”, when in fact, it is purely hate speech and incitement to commit crimes against humanity, incitements to perpetuate conflicts between women and men, incitement for woman to file false domestic violence complaints to create “high conflict”, and the encouragement of parental alienation on a grand scale. You and your cohorts have already gave Australia a very bad name in the international community, and especially here in Israel, since your garbage ideas have no academic merit whatsoever. Let it be known by all men and children in Israel that Australia is responsible for a generation of fatherless children in Israel”.