Conferences 2013

The Familists were a central driving force behind two back-to-back conferences on April 29-30 and May 1, at Ariel University and the Knesset, that reflect our strategy of establishing a joint academic-parliamentary axis of action.

The Familists Chairman Gil Ronen was a member of the steering committee of the International Inter-Disciplinary Conference "Violence, Conflicts and Unity in Family Context: A Reappraisal of Therapeutic and Judicial Doctrines," which was held under the auspices of the Department of Criminology at Ariel University.

"The Familists" were also co-planners and organizers of the Knesset conference, together with the Manhigut Yehudit movement.

While MK Feiglin vowed to defend the family unit against attack, Prof. Sarah Ben David of Ariel University and Rabbi Ohad Tirosh of the Binyan Shalem Institute presented their visions for the establishment of "family centers" in every Israeli community.

The Knesset confab was the founding conference of the Knesset Caucus for Strengthening Family and Community Structure, founded by Deputy Knesset Speaker, MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud).

MK Feiglin said that no other MKs attended the conference because of massive pressure exerted by genderist groups, but insisted that this only proved the conference's main theme – the fact that there is currently a coordinated attack on the family unit.

The guest of honor and central speaker at the conference in Ariel was Prof. Murray Straus of the University of New Hampshire, considered to be the world's top authority on domestic violence, whose lecture on dyadic patterns in intimate partner violence can be viewed here.

Prof. Straus explained that the overwhelming mass of research – over 230 studies with tens of thousands of participants in total – show that most of the violence between men and women is typified by gender symmetry and mutual escalation. In other words – it takes two to tango, and also to fight.

Prof. Straus devoted most of his lecture to explaining the ways in which the true findings in his field are distorted, concealed and misrepresented, to make it seem that men are always the culprits and women are always the victims of intimate partner violence.

Prof. Sarah Ben David, Head of the Criminology Department, agreed with Prof. Straus and quoted him in her lectures at the Ariel University conference (29.4), and again at the Knesset's follow-up conference on the Family Crisis (May 1).

The Knesset confab was the founding conference of the Knesset Caucus for Strengthening Family and Community Structure, founded by Deputy Knesset Speaker, MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud).

MK Feiglin said that no other MKs attended the conference because of massive pressure exerted by genderist groups, but insisted that this only proved the conference's main theme – the fact that there is currently a coordinated attack on the family unit.

Photos by Shai Malka and Yuval Moreno