Israel has been found to have a lower rate of “jewel ignorance” than most Western nations.
The study, published in the Journal of Human Rights, found that jewellery can be used as a shield against sexual assault.
The findings were based on the survey of 2,800 people, which was conducted between September and November last year.
It is a sign that while the country is increasingly popular, its leaders are not taking the issue of sexual violence seriously enough, the study’s lead author, Dr Sarah Leitner, told the BBC.
“They [the police] are taking a more pragmatic approach to this issue than they are to rape and sexual violence.”
According to the report, the prevalence of jewellery use was higher among women, and also “particularly in lower socio-economic areas”.
The study is a landmark in the world of jewish studies, which has been criticized for its “lack of scientific rigour”.
It was conducted after the death of a woman, Meir Dagan, a Holocaust survivor, and her family were found to be sexually assaulted by a gang of four men in Jerusalem in 2001.
In 2009, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that jewish people should be held accountable for their culture, religion and history, rather than Israel’s.
He later backed away from this stance.
In an interview with the BBC, Leitger said that while jewish women had suffered a great deal in Israel, the country’s attitude towards jewellery was not different from the rest of the Western world.
“This was a culture where the Jewish people were treated with disdain and marginalisation,” she said.
“It was a place where women were told that they had to wear high heels, and were often called names like ‘Jewie’, ‘Jew, Jewie’.”
In Israel, it was a situation where the state, the state government, would rather focus on keeping jewellery away from women than dealing with issues of rape and sex crimes.
“The fact that the government of Israel is taking a pragmatic approach is a testament to the seriousness of this issue.”
She added that there were also “significant barriers to justice and justice is not something that is widely known, and that the people who are in the position of power, and who are responsible for the policies that are taking place in the country, have to acknowledge that”.
“They have to admit that, and I think the result of the survey is a recognition that they do have a problem.”
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