Hillel Schocken, on the Haaretz Board of Directors and brother of Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken, sparked outrage with his response to the scandal involving Haaretz journalist Ari Shavit and Jewish-American journalist Danielle Berrin: “Up until the whole Ari Shavit story we didn’t know who Danielle Berrin was.”







Schocken's controversial post

Schocken’s controversial post Photo Credit: Facebook / Channel 2 News

Hillel Schocken, a member of the Haaretz Board of Directors and brother of Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken, managed to spark outrage after addressing the scandal in which Haaretz journalist Ari Shavit was accused by Jewish-American journalist Danielle Berrin of sexually harassing her. In a Facebook post, Schocken alluded that Berrin accused Shavit of sexual harassment for the publicity.

In his Facebook post, Schocken also mentioned Avital Chizhik, another Jewish-American journalist who claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a senior-level Israeli journalist after reading Berrin’s story, as reported by JOL News. Sharing an article on Chizhik that was published by Haaretz, Schocken wrote: “Up until the whole Ari Shavit story we didn’t know who Danielle Berrin was. Now Chizhik wants some too. Why should Danielle be the only one to become famous? It’s not fair.” His brother and Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken stated in response: “He (Hillel) is not responsible for me opinions and I am not responsible for his.”







Berrin and Shavit

Berrin and Shavit Photo credit: Hadas Porush, Flash 90 / Channel 2 News

Yesterday, Chizhik tweeted that she too was harassed by an accomplished Israeli journalist. “The almost-exact same story happened to me years ago with another Israeli media personality,” she claimed, adding a link to the article published by Berrin on the Jewish Journal in which she revealed her story.

In another tweet, Chizhik addressed the Shavit’s apology for the incident in which he allegedly sexually assaulted Berrin, claiming that he didn’t think at the time that what he did constituted sexual harassment but was rather part of a romantic pursuit. “Shavit didn’t realize it was sexual harassment,” she wrote. “I guess the English ‘no’ was unclear.”

In an announcement published by Haaretz last night, the newspaper stressed that it “strongly opposes sexual harassments and sees them as misconduct that should be eradicated.” The newspaper added that it expects its employees to conduct themselves professionally. “Ari Shavit has been a senior-level and accomplished journalist at Haaretz for more than 20 years,” the newspaper went on to announce. “Today he informed us that due to the recent publications, he has decided to take a time out from his journalistic work.”