Yesterday, Goel Ratzon was arrested in Tel Aviv on the basis of enslavement, rape, and sexual assault of children. He has 17 wives and 60 children. This news comes to me as a harsh reality after I just watched the latest episode of the polygamist show Big Love. My world was quickly taken from the “happy and fictional” to the serious and traumatic. Ratzon is still claiming that everything that occurs in his home is consensual. Why, then, did one of his wives report him to a welfare office for criminal affairs?
It’s easy to – from America – only pay attention to the civil rights offenses committed for the sake of/against nationalism in Israel, but these domestic cases that jeopardize the rights of women are necessary to keep up with because they are human rights offenses and deserve the attention of people who seek justice.