President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel spoke at an awards ceremony at the President’s Residence in recognition of the dedication and devotion of the National Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Human Trafficking .
(photo credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel were unanimous on Sunday in condemning human trafficking as one of the most heinous of crimes.
All three were speaking at an awards ceremony at the President’s Residence in recognition of the dedication and devotion of the National Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Human Trafficking and to Chief Superintendent Roni Kayam for his tireless work in identifying victims of human trafficking.
Although the style of oratory of all three speakers differed, each used Hanukkah as an analogy for lighting a candle to drive out the darkness of pain and evil.
Gamliel went a step further by saying that on Hanukkah an additional candle is lit every night so that the light begins to dominate.
All three urged the general public to be involved in fighting the scourge of human trafficking and also to join the struggle to stop violence against women. Netanyahu noted that of all the nations in antiquity, only the children of Israel had a law that demanded the freeing of slaves after seven years.
Freedom, justice and equality are part of Israel’s moral heritage, he said.
Speaking out against human traffickers, Netanyahu said that they regard their victims as disposables. Rivlin also spoke of Israel’s moral heritage and noted that there are too many people who take advantage of the disadvantaged and exploit them in the cruelest possible way. This must not be allowed to continue, he said.
When neither of them was on stage, Rivlin and Netanyahu, who were sitting side by side, engaged in a lot of whispering with each other, and Gamliel at the start and the close of her address had the highest words of praise for Netanyahu, to counteract the day’s news that the police were recommending that the prime minister and his wife be indicted for corruption.
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