Fathers Take Gender Bias Discrimination in Family Courts, Child
Welfare to Supreme Court
Israel News Agency
Israel ---- March 22, 2011 ..... Fathers for Justice and Equal
Access in Israel have issued a news release on the nightmare of
men in Israel, who are denied visitation rights with their children.
But this news release is far different from any which have been
subject of Israel fathers being automatically denied access to
their children based on lies and false statements of an ex wife
is now subject to Israel Supreme Court review.
Petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice in Jerusalem was
launched against the Israel Ministry of Welfare and Social Services
on March 15, 2011 by a father who has not seen his child in two
years, which seeks to enjoin Moshe Kachlon, the Israel Minister
of Welfare and Social services from practicing gender bias discriminatory
policies designed to disengage fathers from their children.
According to the Petition to Israel's highest court, a minor v.
Moshe Kachlon, Israel Minister of Welfare and Social Services
(Bagatz 2111/11), the Family Courts in Israel have completely
divested themselves from any judicial role in areas of custody
and children visitation rights, and instead of conducting trials,
they callously appoint a social services employee, as Court-aides
to determine whether a father may be granted rights of visitations
to the children.
to Petitioner whose name and location have been changed to abide
by gag orders which protect secret family court sessions from
the public, the social workers in the local city or town's child
welfare department automatically sends non-custodian fathers to
supervised contact centers, where the fathers are allowed one
hour a week.
am a single man in my thirties," said Ron who lives in Haifa.
I met this girl who I had sexual relations with under her story
that she was sterile and could not conceive any children. A few
months later she contacted me and informed me that she was pregnant.
I had been targeted. She could have gone to a sperm bank, but
chose me instead. I was devastated."
continues: "Even though I did not want nor was ready to have
a child, I decided that I would be a good father and as such take
up a supporting role for this baby. Instead, I quickly discovered
that she was interested in only two things - having her own child
and having me pay for it. I as a father who wanted to visit, play,
teach and protect this child was not part of the equation."
who normally works as a food and beverage consultant is now unemployed
as a result of this case. He has spend almost every waking hour
trying to gain legal access to his child. Ron, who may soon be
entering the Israel Defense Forces for reserve service, is presently
being supported financially and emotionally by his older brother.
have read nightmare stories about women who make millions of dollars
in Israel and have used their husbands as sperm banks. Shortly
after having children they file for divorce. They selfishly now
have both money and a child - the husband and or partner becomes
irrelevant," says Ron. "Most fathers in Israel are living
just above the poverty line and many cannot afford to pay the
full child support. These women with good jobs and some with illegal
jobs working in the prostitution industry will then use lack of
payment of child support to keep the men away or have them arrested
and placed in debtors prison."
woman in Ra'anana, Israel went as far as hiring two private detectives
to beat up her ex husband and created so much stress that he wound
up in hospital with heart problems. Her goal was to kill this
father or force him to leave the country. The family courts take
no responsibility as they defer the cases to child welfare and
and child welfare does nothing stating that only the family court
can make decisions. We are placing our trust in the Israel Supreme
Court to see through this negligence and stop the suffering of
dads who wish to be with their children and can't because they
are discriminated upon as men. Women, even if they are mentally
ill, drug abusers or even prostitutes are automatically given
custody of children in divorce. The father may be a high ranking
officer in the IDF, the police or even the Mossad risking their
lives for the community on a daily basis but they are denied custody.
They can carry an M-16, but they can't carry their own children."
petition to the Israel Supreme Court alleges that the waiting
list in the child welfare social workers caseload may take 6 to
9 months during which no access or visitation rights are allowed
to these caring fathers. Once the social worker starts working
on the case, all hell breaks loose.
social workers humiliate the fathers, collect tidbits of libel
and defamation and places them in writing, instigate the mothers
and motivate them to file false domestic violence claims in order
to rule out any option of joint custody, and it is alleged that
the social workers in general who are female and are biased against
men, and are systematically indoctrinated into an anti-male climate
of feminist Jihad proportions against men.
Israel, the lethal weapon of choice are false allegations of child
abuse," says Ron. "Just the unproved allegation in itself
is enough to keep the father away from his children and restrict
him to Mercaz Kesher or state supervised visitation center. These
fathers are treated like common criminals. The only way they can
regain their basic human rights as a father is to go to a forensic
psychologist who can interview them and clear their name. But
the cost of this process is in the thousands of dollars and most
men cannot afford to pay for this evaluation. We are asking the
state to take responsibility for these evaluations as done in
many other countries around the world. Family courts and child
welfare should not pass judgment on a loving and caring father
without being able to document whether he is fit or not!"
The Supreme Court Petition seeks to declare the policy of automatic
referrals of fathers to a supervised contact center
unconstitutional. It is claimed that Israel is a signatory to
international treaties whereby the State guarantees protection
of the right to family life, but in reality, the right to family
life is not interpreted in Israel in the same way it is interpreted
by other Western nations.
Europe, for example, the right to family life is interpreted to
include parental rights to access to the children without institutionalized
intervention or with minimal intervention by the State. Israel,
on the other hand, still does not recognize a parental right to
access to the children, and thus fathers are relegated to the
task of convincing the social workers that it is the best interest
of the child that he sees the father, as a matter of judicial
grace, and not as a matter of a natural indelible right.
It is stated in the Supreme Court Petition that it is enough for
the custodian mother to refuse visitation rights to trigger the
automatic and cold referral to supervised visitations and that
in the process; social workers subject fathers to an illegal Dangerous
Propensities Test, which is so nonscientific and wholly
subjective, no man can pass the test without being branded as
social workers from Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem to Herzlia,
Eilat and Tiberius are instructed to grade fathers between 0 to
36 point, when 10 points yields a level of dangerous Propensity.
These highly subjective points, which are not under the supervision
of a psychiatrist or physiologist, can simply accumulate depending
on the theatrical degree of the complaining woman, and biased
level of the social worker, on subjective questions such as: extreme
jealousy (2 points), extreme possessiveness (2 points), the attacker
experiences severe loss (3 points), the attacker in the absence
of alternative to loss (1 pt), obsessive preoccupation with the
woman (2 points), woman is determined to make a change (1 points),
woman feels she is in danger (3 points), woman unable to defend
herself (2 pts.).
It is sufficient to score high on these eight questions
to produce a score of 16 points, and with little drama, theatrical
sense and legal coaching, any woman can easily convince the social
worker from Holon or Hadera to give high scores on these factors,
and the man is immediately branded as dangerous, and
loses his right to see or access his children. No man in any Western
nation is subjected to this kind of degrading and humiliating
treatment when seeking to see his children, except in Israel,
says the Petitioner.
addition, fathers in Israel claim that social workers compel them
to undergo psycho-therapeutic sessions, without their consent,
as a condition to approving his right to see the child, and then
they use the information extracted from the father to paint him
negatively in the court, simply because the woman announced that
ideologically the child does not need to grow up with a father
single mothers can go as far as "buying" other single
mothers to come to court and make additional false accusations
against the victimized father," says Ron. "The defense
would be the intervention of a forensic psychologist to prove
these allegation false and the Supreme Court implementing measures
to ensure that gender bias discrimination is erased from the family
courts and child welfare."
Respected journalist, Laurie Shem Tov, states that social workers
in Israel created an autonomous system that denies parents
real access to Courts and is totally immune from judicial scrutiny.
set new rules that contradict the laws of equality and modern
disciplines of social work. The solutions offered are radical
and extreme: men are sent to supervised contact centers, and women
who do not play by the rules find their children kidnapped to
foster care, based solely on "impressions", "feelings",
"intuitions" and "future risk probabilities"
that have no scientific or legally probative value. The
social services system in Israel is a corrupt and malicious system
based on intoxicated power egos and systematic feeding of business
to social workers, foster home operators, and parental suitability
test institutions, while the children are routinely disconnected
from loving parents and this is all cloaked under best interest
of the child slogans.
4 Justice Israel says that the struggle of fathers to recognition
of their basic human rights to undisrupted visitation rights with
their children has also reached the Knesset (Parliament). Member
of Knesset Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich has started a forum against
feministic Jihad seeking to restore the balance of power and fair
play between the sexes. The recent Petition to the Supreme Court
has been inspired by the momentum created by Shamalov-Berkovich.
The minor and his father are represented by attorney Chaim Arbel
of Tel Aviv and assisted by Tamar Tesler of Haifa.
"At the end of the day, it is the child which suffers from
lack of contact with a father role model resulting in Parental
Alienation Syndrome (PAS)," says Ron. "These children
usually end up visiting psychologists for a variety of personality
disorders and have trouble adjusting to life as adults. This cruel
and systematic terrorism of fathers and their children in Israel
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