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Truth About Israel: Poland

Truth About Israel

An AZM Educational Campaign

"I didn't learn this on TV. I saw it for myself when I traveled around the Middle East. Israel was the only country where women had full rights." -- Angelika, age 23, Poland

This young woman is referring to Israel’s strong tradition in women’s rights.

Israel is a parliamentary democracy. In 1948, The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel stipulated that the new state “will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” The Declaration includes additional guarantees of “freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.” Two of the original thirty-seven signers of the Declaration were women.

Since then, the State of Israel has promoted the civil rights of all its female citizens through a body of progressive legislation.

Since the 1950s, Israeli women have benefited from the Women’s Employment Act that granted working women twelve weeks of paid maternity leave and established that a woman could not be dismissed from her job because of her pregnancy. There is an excellent day care system available for children of working parents.

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