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Israeli lawmakers approve divorce law

Israeli lawmakers passed a law preventing the extortion of women by husbands who refuse to grant a divorce.

The law will allow the division of property between a husband and wife before the divorce is granted under certain conditions.

Recalcitrant husbands often use extortion to obtain all or the majority of joint property before agreeing to a divorce. A woman can not remarry without a get, or religious bill of divorce.

Fifty-eight members of Knesset supported the bill, up for its third and final reading on Wednesday, and 21 lawmakers, mostly members of the fervently religious parties, voted against the measure.

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