Israel’s state-approved abuse of children – for profit
Marianne Azizi writes:
It’s been a harrowing week. I visited one mother who has divorced a man with “connections”. Despite her fear for her son, she has a court order which declares she will face three days in prison each time she refuses visits between her son and her former husband.
Last week her son visited his father and was sexually abused. The boy, aged nine, refused outright to ever see his father again. She reported the matter to the police but they told her only social workers could prevent the abuse. She went to the social workers, who told her only the police reports would help. She is trapped in a nightmare with no one in authority prepared to help protect her child.
She is not alone. I have witnessed repeatedly the power of social workers in Israel. They literally inform and instruct police on how to act, as highlighted by Moti Leybel’s arrest and prison spell last week.
“There is no gender discrimination in forcing children to be abused”
I witnessed a phone call in which a single dad of two children was told by a social worker that he must force his children against their will to visit their mother, who abandoned them years ago. On forced visits, they were locked in a room without food and water by the mother, and refused to go back. Yet social workers threatened the father he would lose his children unless he forced them to visit. There is no gender discrimination in forcing children to be abused.
Daniel is the father of a four-and-a-half-year-old child. His son lives with his mother and her boyfriend. Despite attempts for over a year for a protection order, this has been refused. The boy suffers from multiple injuries, and still the social workers refuse to investigate the abuse. Last week his mother travelled abroad, but the boy was not placed in the hands of his own father. On the day of her return he saw his father, and hours after he had gone back to his mother he ended up in hospital. The usual excuse of clumsiness was given.
As I have already written, it is plain that the child is suffering from fear and abuse. Yet, the social workers refuse to intervene, and police files have been closed, over and over again. The father is in despair.
Last night, I spent the night in the hospital. A middle class mother has been trying for over a year to prevent visits of her son to his father. He is a small child, underweight and small for his age. He is five-and-a-half years old but looks much younger. A year ago. The father was allowed to visit his son only in a contact centre, due to suspicion of his treatment of the boy. Over time, after showering his child with presents, he was finally allowed to see the boy after school, returning him to the contact centre for collection. Last night the boy complained of pains, and described events in which his genitals had been pulled by his father. The mother immediately took him to hospital where it was confirmed that the boy had been abused. After several hours there, and then going to the police, a complaint was filed and a request to arrest the father was made. Twenty four hours later, no one knows what is happening. No one is informed during an investigation.
Children are being stolen from parents and put into private institutions, and others are left to face abuse.
These children and many more are the reason why Moti Leybel is campaigning against the social workers in Israel. Should a child actually be murdered before something is done? After spending 24 hours in prison, Moti is called back for yet more police investigations – anything to interfere with his work and gag him.
Demonstrations against so-called “welfare services” in various countries are starting to grow. There is something terrible happening to our children worldwide. But the right of the people of Norway to actually demonstrate, as shown in this report, is not afforded to people in Israel. What is shocking in Israel is that there is no pathway back for children to be reunited with their parents, and no right to protest.
The country is increasingly becoming a police state. Children are being stolen from parents and put into private institutions, and others are left to face abuse. It is a broken system, but there is a lot of profit to be made.
The money being sent from overseas to Israel doesn’t reach the 36 per cent of people in poverty, nor the 800,000 hungry children.
No wonder this sector of the population has no interest in politics and is just calling out to the world for help.