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Cablegate: Israel: No Known Issues of Sexual Exploitation And

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O 101206Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7475
INFO RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS PRIORITY 4874
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM PRIORITY 0052
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 7188

UNCLAS TEL AVIV 001488

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPKO PHUM UN KCRM KWMN IS
SUBJECT: ISRAEL: NO KNOWN ISSUES OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND
ABUSE IN UNDOF

REF: STATE 68780

1. Post is unaware of any sexual exploitation and abuse
(SEA) or trafficking in persons (TIP) issues with UNDOF
peacekeepers, and we have seen no press reports of any
issues. Post contacted three NGOs that are concerned with
SEA and TIP in Northern Israel: Hotline for Migrant Workers,
Isha L'Isha Haifa Feminist Center, and Kav LaOved Worker's
Hotline. All three reported that the were unaware of any
issues with UN Peacekeepers.

2. Ministry of Justice official Rachel Gershuni, National
Coordinator of GOI Anti-Trafficking Efforts, reported that
she had met with UNTSO, which provides Military Observers to
UNDOF, and was satisfied with their efforts to combat SEA and
TIP, including mandatory training programs. She was also
unaware of any SEA or TIP issues.

3. The action request (ref) asked for the reference number
of previous reports. Post was unable to locate any previous
reports on this issue. The Point of Contact for this cable
is Michael Honigstein, HonigsteinMD@state.gov,
972-3-519-7385.

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