Bennett encourages women who were sexually harassed to file official complaints

Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi chairman Education Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with the MK from his political party who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting several women. According to Bennett, the MK denies the allegations.
Naftali Bennett Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett spoke this morning (Thursday) with the MK from his party who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting several women. Bennett stated that the MK dismissed the allegations during their conversation. Bennett added that every woman who “feels that she has been harmed by a man, even if he is in a senior-level position, should file a complaint.”

Similar statements were made by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. “I’m not commenting on the anonymous allegations,” said Shaked during an interview on the Reshet B radio station. “If a woman feels she was harassed, she needs to go to the police. I will not comment on claims released on Facebook that aren’t based on facts.”

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Female Meretz MKs, including the party’s chairwoman Zehava Gal-On, called on Bennett to take action in light of the allegations. “This time, you can’t wait for others to do the work for you,” they said. “No one, especially an elected official, is protected if he hurts women.”

In the post she uploaded yesterday, social activist Chagit Moriah-Gibor claimed that several women have accused the Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi MK of sexual harassment and assault.


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