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February 19, 1993 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-02-19

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Tel Aviv (JTA) — An 80-
year-old man who has al-
ready spent 30 years in
prison for refusing to grant
his wife a religious bill of
divorce has ignored fresh
appeals made by a panel of
seven rabbis to reverse his
position.
The man, Yihye Avraham,
told the rabbis this week
that he would rather stay in
jail than free his wife from
marriage by granting her a
get, or religious divorce.
"Can't do it, can't do it. Go
away," Mr. Avraham told
the rabbis, according to the
Yediot Achronot newspaper.
Jewish law stipulates that
both husband and wife must
agree to a divorce, although
only a man can actually give
the get. Jewish law allows
imprisonment as a method of
last resort to put pressure on
a stubborn spouse.
Mr. Avraham's 64-year-old
wife, Ora, first applied for a
divorce after 12 years of
marriage. "His behavior was
abhorrent. He treated me
like chattel," Ora said in an
interview published in
Yediot.
The couple were married
in their native country of
Yemen when Ora was 12
and Yihye was 28. She bore
him two daughters, but he
berated her and abused her
for not bearing-sons.
When Ora left her hus-
band at age 24, the couple
was already living in Israel.
Yihye consistently refused.
to grant her a divorce and
was sent to prison in 1962.
Israel follows religious law
in matters of marriage and
divorce and Yihye was duly
ordered to remain behind
bars until he granted his
wife the get.
Mr. Avraham has refused -
all these years and, due to
his age, he is now being held
in the hospital wing of the
Ayalon prison in Ramla.
According to Yediot, the
panel of seven rabbis who
called at the prison hospital
this week promised Mr.
Avraham his freedom, a fan-
cy apartment and religious
blessings.
One of them even sang
melancholy Yemeni songs to
soften the old man's heart.
But to no avail.
"Go away. Leave me
alone," he said.
His wife commented
afterwards: "He's destroyed
my life. May his name be
destroyed. I haven't seen his
ugly face since 1967, and I
hope to never see him
again."

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