Last night’s large protest in Tel Aviv was sparked by the recent plea bargain signed between Brigadier General (res.) Ofek Buchris and one of the complainants against him. According to the plea deal, Buchris’ military rank was reduced and he received a suspended sentence after the rape charge was dropped from the indictment.
Hundreds of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv last night (Sunday) in protest against the recent sexual assault cases that ended in plea deals, which they claim let the defendants off too easy. The protesters, who received police permission to hold their demonstration, blocked off the access to the city’s Kaplan Road in both directions.
The latest sexual assault case that was the straw that broke the camel’s back was the Brigadier General (res.) Ofek Buchris case. During the protests, many women held up signs that read: “In a country of rapists, [it’s] the women’s intifada.”
Last week, Buchris pled guilty to sexual assault and behavioral misconduct after the rape charge was dropped from the indictment in accordance with the plea deal. As punishment, Buchris’ military rank was reduced and he received a suspended sentence.