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Woman banned by divorce ruling from filing rape charges against her ex-husband

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An Israeli woman was told she could divorce her husband if she withdrew a rape complaint against him. 

The ruling was made by the rabbinical court known also as the beth din, the spiritual part of the country’s judiciary which controls divorces in the country. In Judaism, a couple needs permission from a rabbi before they can officially split.

Rights organisation Mavoi Satum has now taken on the woman’s case and filed a complaint with the Attorney-General’s Office. 

They have called for an investigation into the case’s presiding judges, who according to the Jerusalem Post, they have accused of extortion and interference with investigative procedures. 

Under Jewish law in Israel, a husband must agree to a divorce and the wife must accept it.

During the divorce process, the wife claimed her husband raped her and was violent to her children, allegations which he denied. He said there was not enough evidence to support the claims.

Referring to the to the alleged crimes as “events of the past”, the husband demanded the wife agree not to file a rape complaint with the police, in order to secure their separation. 

She claimed the rabbis handling the case – Yosef Goldberg, David Bardugo and Mordechai Ralbag – then pressurised her to sign the document.

Mavoi Satum director Batya Kehana-Dror told the Post: “The rabbinical court not only denied the right of the woman to complain to the police and encouraged her to conceal information which she is obliged to provide, but also established it within an official court ruling.”

She added: “This ruling has severe consequences, including encouraging violence in the family.

Defending the decision, the Rabbinical Court Association said both husband and wife had agreed the final document.

It said the presiding judges thought there was a possibility the woman could be refused a divorce, which was why they “thought it better” to approve the agreement containing a condition banning reporting the alleged rape.

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15 Civilians Killed, Injured in Turkish Strikes on Afrin: Official

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ERBIL — At least two civilians were killed and 13 others were wounded on Sunday as a result of the Turkish military assault on Afrin, northwest of Syria, a local official said.

Osama Sheikh Issa, co-chair of Afrin local administration told Kurdistan24 that what Turkey is trying to achieve is having revenge on the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) fighter’s victory against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

“All of the casualties of the Turkish attacks were civil people who had nothing to do with the war” he pointed out.

Issa also asserted that the residents of Afrin are confidently staying in their city, but the displaced Syrian people who had found refuge in Afrin are in danger because of the Turkish assault on the city.

He further ensured that “none of the YPG and YPJ units have been targeted by the Turkish strikes, in deed all the attacks have been aimed at the homes of civilians in Afrin”.

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Iran Calls on Turkey to Halt Afrin Operation

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ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran has called on Turkey to halt the Afrin operation and respect Syria’s territorial integrity, said a spokesperson for Iranian Foreign Ministry.

According to Mehr News Agency, Bahram Ghasemi said that Iran is closely and concernedly following the current developments in the city of Afrin.

“Iran hopes that the operation will immediately come to an end to stop the deepening of the crisis in the border areas of Turkey and Syria” he added. 

“The continuation of the crisis in Afrin may further strengthen the takfirist-terrorist groups in the northern Syrian regions, and flare up the fires of war ” warned the Iranian foreign ministry.

Qasemi also drew attention to the Astana peace talks and stated that all countries, especially Turkey, are expected to remain committed to the political solution, especially Astana peace process, for the Syrian crisis and continue observing their commitments and playing their constructive role in the resolution of the crisis.

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[Watch]: YPG Destroys Turkish Tank near Afrin

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ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) released a footage on Sunday which shows them destroying a Turkish tank near the border city of Afrin.

The YPG fighters appear in the video destroying a Turkish tank with an anti-tank missile.

Turkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation on Afrin, a Kurdish city in the northwest of Syria, dubbed as the “Olive Branch Operation”.

The assault has so far left dozens killed and injured, including civilians and fighters from the both sides.

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