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Israel Observatory on Femicide

Femicide in War and Peace

 OUT IN MAY 2023!
Book to published by Routledge

Editor: Prof. Shalva Weil

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Recent Victims

  Sarit Ahmed, 18, Murdered in Northern Israel



Asma Abu-Madiam was shot to death by her husband  

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 Nur Rian

  was shot to death at her home


Femicide in Israel


Shalva Weil, Noam S. Keshet

Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (1): 39-51. doi: 10.1080 / 09589236.2020.1809361

This study of femicide involving elderly women, or female geronticide includes an empirical report on the findings of the first longitudinal study on female geronticide in Israel, which demonstrates that over a period of 10 years female geronticide was perpetrated solely by intimate male partners. The findings are important for policy-makers in Israel but have applications globally.  


Shalva Weil

Cambio. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali, OpenLab on Covid-19.

doi:: 10.13128/cambio-10383

This article will describe the establishment of the Israel Observatory on Femicide (IOF) in November 2020, and document all the femicide cases perpetrated in Israel during 2020. It is the first report of its kind in Israel. Special attention will be paid to the connection between femicide and covid-19 during this difficult year.

Woman on Window Sill

Shalva Weil

Journal of Gender Studies, 30 (7): 807-818. doi: 10.1080/09589236.2021.1880883

The article offers a collocation of COVID-19 alongside two other pandemics that are likely to increase during and after public health responses to the coronavirus: suicide and femicide. Both of these forms of violence are patterned, predictable, and highly gendered. We assert that femicide and suicide rates will increase for women to unprecedented levels as a direct result of pandemic public health measures.


 Shalva Weil

The chapter provides an introduction to what femicide is and its status globally. Then it explains the state of femicide and the types of killings in Israel, including so-called honor killings among the Arab population in discusses the rise in femicide in Israel during COVID-19 and the reduction in the number of femicides committed after the COVID regulations were relaxed.

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