In addition to the positive responses to the viral #MeToo campaign, some have responded harshly, including Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi’s MK Bezalel Smotrich who posted an opposition piece on his Facebook page that was met with an accusation that one of his colleagues sexually assaulted a young Israeli woman.
Viral #MeToo campaign gives voice to victims of sexual assault and harassment Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
After Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich of Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi issued a statement on social media opposing the #MeToo campaign, today (Friday), a young Israeli woman decided to respond with how she had been sexually assaulted by a fellow member of Smotrich’s party.
Smotrich posted on his Facebook page a statement in which he attacked the #MeToo campaign’s leaders, claiming that it was being used to serve other purposes. “It’s really, but really, not something that is being done in a vulgar, populist and superficial campaign that turns all men into attackers and all women into victims,” Smotrich wrote. “This campaign does nothing to contribute to the fight against sexual harassment. Simply nothing. Therefore, I am permitted to claim that it is a harmful and hurtful campaign aimed to serve entirely alternate purposes.”
MK Bezalel Smotrich Photo Credit: Miriam Alster, Flash90/Channel 2 News
One young Israeli woman who read MK Smotrich’s post was unable to remain silent and replied, claiming that a member of Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi, Smotrich’s own political party, had attacked her sexually. “Except for my best friend, nobody knows about the incident,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “It involves someone who is politically powerful and the last thing I want is to be a news item.”
“So, Bezalel, let me tell you about your friend,” the young woman continued. “He wears a kippah, is a senior member of Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi and who despite my dissent, tried to kiss me by force,” she wrote. “Just the thought of his tongue still makes me nauseous. It’s not the campaign that turns women into victims, it’s you and your friends.”