The Knesset held a special session on Wednesday morning to discuss the issue of agunot, or “chained women” whose husbands refuse to give them a bill of divorce, thereby preventing them from getting remarried.
The conference was an initiative of Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie and the International Coalition for Aguna Rights, ahead of International Aguna Day, which takes place as it does every year on the Fast of Esther, which is marked this year on Thursday.
Women’s rights groups state that there are thousands of women in Israel whose husbands refuse to grant them a “get,” or bill of divorce, with hundreds of new cases every year.
The conference was attended by several MKs, including Eliahu Ben-Dahan of Bayit Yehudi, a rabbi and former director of the rabbinical courts, and Shai Moshe Piron, also a rabbi and No. 2 in Yesh Atid.
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