FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2022
Jake Green, [email protected]
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Israelis went to the polls for the fifth time in just under four years. With the results almost tallied, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:
“National Council of Jewish Women believes in an Israel where all women, children and families should not just be able to exist, but thrive. And we know this will only be the case when policies center dignity, equity and justice for all Israelis — especially those at the margins of society, like women, Arabs and the LGBTQ+ community.
“We support the electoral process in Israel and respect the outcome of its elections. And, we are deeply concerned by the statements and ideologies of the parties that appear to be forming the next coalition government — particularly the anti-LGBTQ+, anti-women and anti-Arab rhetoric from the parties that make up the Religious Zionism Slate, including Ben Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party, the Noam party and the Religious Zionism party. NCJW will always stand up for justice, democracy and diplomacy, and we refuse to normalize racism, incitement or discrimination.
“NCJW stands in solidarity with our grassroots feminist partner organizations, leadership cohorts and advocacy coalitions who work tirelessly to advance gender justice and equity on the ground in Israel. We will continue working to advance the rights of women, children and families throughout Israeli society regardless of ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation until an equitable future is realized.”