‘Give me my husband or I’ll tie myself to railings’

By Dana Gloger, August 8, 2008

A British woman has threatened to chain herself to the railings of Israel's Supreme Court unless her husband is given a court hearing.

Marianne Azizi's Israeli husband Ilan, whom she married in May, has been unable to leave Israel for the past two years due to an unresolved dispute with his ex-wife over child maintenance payments.

Mrs Azizi, 47, claims that her 44-year-old husband was placed on a stop order by the Israeli authorities in 2006, which prevented him from leaving the country. Since then he has allegedly been waiting for a family court judge to rule on a suitable settlement for him and his ex-wife.

Until his case is concluded by the court, Mrs Azizi, from Welwyn Garden City, said he cannot return to the UK to live with her.

"My husband has been waiting for two years to have this case settled in court, and the stress has destroyed his life," she said.

"He is living a nightmare existence. He is being denied his human rights to live with his wife and he is now suffering a breakdown."

The mother of two boys, aged 11 and 17, says that her husband - with whom she has been in a relationship for five years - had tried to commit suicide on more than one occasion. Now she is scared for his life.

A spokeswoman for Israel's Courts Administration said that Mr Azizi and his ex-wife were given a deadline of next Sunday to notify the court if they could come to an agreement between themselves. If they were unable to do so, the court would "decide upon the next procedure accordingly".

Bur Mrs Azizi said that her husband had been waiting for two years for the court to resolve the dispute and that she would be going to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem the same day to demand that the case is heard. "He is going to be dead by next week if nothing is done," she said.

"That's why I'm going. If the case is not heard then I will tie myself to the railings outside.

"I am doing this because I am desperate. I would not do it if things weren't critical."

Apart from the mental and emotional effects, Mrs Azizi said the situation had taken a huge financial toll on the couple.

"We lost our businesses because he was not here to work and I was spending so much of my time on trying to get his case heard, and on going to Israel so often to see him.

"We had a stainless steel manufacturing business with £100,000 worth of contacts. I am a behavioural psychologist and I ran a consultancy business with an annual turnover of £1 million."

Now, she says, her £500,000 six-bedroom house in Hatfield has been repossessed. "I live in a rented two-bedroom flat and am on income support. Our whole life has been turned upside down."

Her husband, whose children are aged six, 14 and 18, echoed his wife's comments. "I have seen a judge only twice in the past two years. I just want to get a judgment and a settlement so this can all be finished.

"I have almost killed myself because of this. It is destroying my life and Marianne's."

He says that he does not have anywhere permanent to live and so is staying at his parents' and brother's homes. "I am living minute by minute and my whole life revolves around getting this sorted out."

An Israeli Courts Administration spokeswoman said: "The proceedings in the case are taking place in the Family Court and are therefore taking place behind closed doors.

"Both sides have notified the court that they are negotiating a financial agreement to resolve all the differences between them and that on August 10, they will notify the court if they have succeeded."

Last updated: 11:07pm, August 7 2008



Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:03

Rate this:

0 points
thank you so much for printing my story. I shall be travelling this weekend to israel, and since you published this - I have now heard, that the lawyer from the other side cancelled the meeting yesterday ordered by the court, which has happened dozens of times before, and it is not expected to reach any 'next stage' on sunday. I'll keep you posted. Could I just add, that the unresolved dispute over child support, is the proof that no child support is owed, and it has been faithfully paid for years, and sometimes in advance, by up to a year. Thanks again.


Sun, 08/10/2008 - 10:44

Rate this:

0 points

Reading your plea for freedom is one special point that reflects on Israel’s lack of human rights.  The idea of holding a person from leaving the country takes his freedom away from moving on with his life and not knowing is probably worse than being in jail!  At least when in Jail you know where you are and for how long it will be.


What’s more, is that it makes no sense that the state of Israel, yes us Jewish people the victims of our lack of humanity and driven by money and corruption almost doing the same as what happened to us in the Second World War!  How can we? 


We should look deep into our hearts and souls and admit that Human rights in Israel don’t exist, accept those facts and admit that a change must be done today and not tomorrow.  The system has many open holes where the court, lawyers and wives abuse men until they give up and either take their own lives and sometimes takes their partners lives in the process.  Waiting 2 years for a decision by the court? Especially when all child benefits have been paid?  Well guys give him his freedom and let him do what he needs to do and that is live happily with his new wife! And only judge him when he truly fails to pay, what is this guilty until proven innocent? 

 This make me so angry to see it happening to so many people, what rights does a country have to stop a person (HUMAN BEING FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW IT)  from moving on with his life just in case he fails to provide child maintenance or any other reason for that matter other than crime!