Female Knesset Members 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Journalist Judy Nir-Mozes Shalom tweeted on Tuesday that she is considering
forming a women’s rights party that will run for Knesset in the next general
Nir-Mozes Shalom, who is the wife of Vice Premier Silvan
Shalom, said the recent spate of incidents involving alleged discrimination
against women persuaded her that she had to take immediate action.
said that although she is disgusted by politics, she felt she had to take a
leading role, because female politicians like Kadima leader Tzipi Livni and
Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich were not doing enough.
“I woke up with
an itch to form a women’s party,” she tweeted.
Shalom told Army Radio
that if she did form a party it would demand that all funding be cut off to
institutions that discriminate against women. When asked what she would do about
the woman who caused a stir by insisting on remaining in the front row of a bus
from Ashdod to Jerusalem, she said she would have immediately canceled the bus
“Many women are coming to me and saying they are sick of all
this,” she said. “I really don’t want to be prime minister.
But I think
maybe the time has come for a ticket just on this issue. I have to check it out
in a serious way.”
Nir-Mozes said she was working on slogans,
demonstrations, conferences and legislation.
She said her nascent
political aspirations had nothing to do with the ongoing political dispute
between her husband and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
“I am doing
this only as Judy who doesn’t want to turn Israel into Iran-El,” she
The Labor Party’s young guard will hold demonstrations for women’s
rights across the country on Wednesday evening. Participants in the rallies will
hold torches and quote a well-known Hanukka song “Banu Hoshech Legaresh” (we’ve
come to dispel the darkness).