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Today’s Male Terrorism: Israeli President to be Charged with Rape; 10 Women File Complaints

One of the women who filed complaints against the Israeli President

Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been under criminal investigation since July, when a senior female aide complained she was sexually harassed while working for him. Police now say they have evidence against Katsov and that they will file formal charges.

Ten women have filed complaints against the president, but the investigation file only refers to five of them, due to statutes of limitation which apply to the offenses Katsav is suspected of.

According to this report:

… “there is alleged evidential basis that in a number of affairs, involving several women – including A. – who worked under Katsav, the president committed sex offenses, including rape, forceful indecent assault, indecent assault without consent and sexual harassment offenses.

“According to the police, there is alleged evidential basis that the president committed offenses of bribery and breach of trust as part of the different affairs. There is also alleged evidential basis that the president committed illegal weire-tapping.”

It was also reported that the police have found “alleged evidence that the president committed offenses of harassing a witness and obstruction of justice, but the investigation on this issue has yet to be completed.”

Heart

Discussion

8 thoughts on “Today’s Male Terrorism: Israeli President to be Charged with Rape; 10 Women File Complaints

  1. Holy cow.

    Posted by ginmar | October 16, 2006, 1:25 am
  2. Well, I was going to express shock at the Israeli president, while mentioning that I had heard rumors of Clinton rapes [and no, I am not one of those bothered by the Lewinsky saga, it is actual rape rumors I’ve heard of] … but what’s in the comments seems to make that pale … and/but no, wait a second, that is a head of state doing this while in his official role. Hm.

    Posted by Professor Zero | October 16, 2006, 5:15 am
  3. Goddamn. When will people get it.

    You know, about the Israeli case, this is the first time I’ve heard of a president anywhere being investigated for rape while he’s in office. If the police are expecting to arrest him soon, it’s got to be waaaay worse than what the papers are saying. I’m in awe of all these women standing up to that level of power.

    I can’t help but notice that this is the same government that has been brutalizing Palestine and Lebanon all these years. Domination is a system, indeed.

    Y

    Posted by Y. Carrington | October 16, 2006, 6:29 am
  4. Jacob Zuma, former Deputy President of South Africa and candidate for President, was recently accused of rape, but was found innocent. In the end, it was a matter of whether the woman was believed when she said he raped her (while she was staying in his home) or whether he was believed (he said it was consensual). Really, it was no contest. All of this stuff about her “troubled past” was brought into the case, this is a head of state, it was too much to expect that he would be convicted.

    I posted an article about this on my main page about halfway down the page.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | October 16, 2006, 10:46 am
  5. Note: I made new posts about the other incidents we were discussing here and moved the relevant comments. Heart

    Posted by womensspace | October 16, 2006, 10:47 am
  6. What on earth is it about the ‘presidential penis’?
    Perhaps there should be an additional paragraph in the swearing-in ceremonies – “I promise not to use my position of power to rape or sexually harrass women in any way”.
    I kinda thought it was a given.

    Posted by stormcloud | October 16, 2006, 11:50 am
  7. The thing is, according to news reports, Katsav will be immune from prosecution. He can be impeached, that’s it.

    You just wonder how many other women he has raped. He’s 61. He probably has a gigantic string of victims.

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | October 16, 2006, 2:12 pm
  8. Heart, from what I read, Katsav will be immune from prosecution only as long as he remains President. If he resigns or is forced out, he will lose that immunity.

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/israeli-chief-may-face-sex-charges/2006/10/16/1160850871590.html
    As President, Mr Katsav is immune from standing trial while in office. But if he resigns or is impeached by parliament, he would have to face any charges, according to legal scholars. His seven-year term ends next year.

    The International Herald Tribune has an AP story on the history of similar stories about Israeli men in high places.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/16/africa/ME_GEN_Israel_Presidents_Problems.php
    President Moshe Katsav, facing the possibility of rape charges, is just the latest in a string of Israeli officials and army officers caught by changing standards of public and private behavior in Israel, where practices that used to evoke no more than a wink are now bringing indictments.

    Posted by Aletha | October 17, 2006, 5:26 am

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