A demonstration against one of Israel’s most controversial family court judges, Esther Stein, on July 31, 2012 resulted in the Judge’s recusal from the case of a leading activist father. For years Judge Esther Stein tormented men, abused them, gave all their money to women and denied fathers access rights to the children. This radical feminist judge never thought a fathers' rights demonstration in front of her apartment in Petach Tikva, would result in the whole neighborhood despising her. The next day she recused herself and filed police complaints against one of the fathers claiming he "insulted her. Unbelievably, the woman who insults every man that walks into her butcher-shop courtroom thinks she still has some dignity to maintain, when the entire divorce industry in Israel knows how many men committed suicide because of her…
Fathers Rights Activists demonstrated in front of Judge Esther Stein's home in Petach Tikva on July 31, 2012. The next day she recused herself. The recusal is a precedent in a country where judges routinely refuse to recuse themselves, even in the case of obvious self-conflict. The men complain that the Judge is a radical feminist. It was a sizzling afternoon in Petach Tikva, a quite middle class town east of Tel Aviv. At 17:30 fathers rights activists started showing up for a protest vigil against a Judge accused of bias in favor of women and consistently cutting off children from fathers. The street was quickly covered with fathers’ rights banners and flags. The police came and gave a green light to the vigil, and then the megaphones started shouting: “Judge Stein, how would you feel if you never saw your children? Why are you doing this to us”? Young children from the neighborhood started flocking to the activity and asked to use the megaphone. They called the Judge to let the fathers unite with their children. The Judge looked through her window and sat down to draft an ex parte decision recusing herself from a very prominent case. Drivers-
This last sentence caused uproar among the fathers’ rights activists, since they claim that the judge, for years, treated fathers “worse than dogs”, and told many men, “sell your kidney, I wouldn’t blink an eye” or “the children don’t need you”, “one hour a week is more than enough for you” or “make new children, forget these children”. The fathers say that “ironically, the judge who tormented and tortured thousands of fathers is suddenly asking for “respect”. The guards in the concentration camps also asked for respect. They even played classical music to make the massacres more humane”.
But the story does not end here. The judge made 40 phone calls to the police, some of them impersonating to be a neighbor, and demanded from the police to end the vigil. On the next day, the judge went directly to the police and filed charges of harassment and violation of gag orders that she herself issued. This resulted in police interrogation for four hours, and raids to seize computers from the home of the father, in the same case that the judge recused herself from. This is not the first time family court judges file police charges against the fathers whose life they tormented. The Coalition for Children and family (Israel) says that “gag orders in family courts are a cynical trick to silence the abused fathers. It serves no purpose at all. Overseas family courts are open and in the U.S. the judgments state the names of the parties. In Israel, women file criminal case against the husbands, because feminist clinics tell them to fabricate something. The criminal judgments also state the name, and there you can read the whole family story anyway. It is time to open up the family courts of Israel for public attendance and review”.