Arab-Israeli women increasingly avoiding religious courts in favor of civil ones

The trend of Muslim Arab Israeli women circumventing the religious Sharia courts in favor for the state’s civil courts has been gaining momentum, a Jewish lawyer representing some of these women told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Arab society typically places great weight on the needs of the family or clan, rarely taking matters beyond the Sharia court and into the civil Israeli court system, said Roy Brumer, a Tel Aviv based family lawyer.

There can be severe and even lethal consequences for women taking their cases outside of the traditional framework.


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