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Israel Observatory on Femicide

Femicide in War and Peace

Special Issue in the journal 'Peace Review'

(Guest Editor: Prof. Shalva Weil)

Report on femicide cases in 2021 

Report on femicide cases in 2022

Femicide in the media

The face of femicide

Was Avishag Pachima killed for being a woman?

Recent Incidents

Fatima Katawi
Thrown from a height



Abtisam Abu Awad
She was murdered, her son is involved in the murder



Yael ben Avraham
was stabbed
Her husband was arrested and confessed


The Israel Observatory in the Press

Israel must do more to prevent the next femicide - opinion


12 femicides recorded in first half of 2022, 71% increase from last year
Maariv Online


Battery Survivor Challenges Israel’s Views on Violence ​Against Women
'The New York Times'
(English Edition)


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.

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 Shalva Weil

Special Issue in Peace Review: Femicide in War and Peace 34 (2): 135-139, 

Guest Editor, Shalva Weil.


For the first time for a journal, Peace Review is launching a Special Issue on Femicide in War and Peace, with contributions from diverse
countries, not hitherto covered in books and articles on femicide. The contributors come from a variety of academic disciplines, and represent many places in the world, including the global South.

At the time of writing, a terrible war is waging in the Ukraine. It is men who are largely being killed. But women are also the innocent victims of this war.

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