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Ex-Labor MK recalls ‘difficult memories’ of alleged ’80s sexual assault by Peres

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16.10.2021

Colette Avital, a former Labor member of Knesset and a former Israeli consul general to New York, who last week said that the late president Shimon Peres sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, said the incident left her with “difficult memories,” but that he never did it again and she has since moved on.

Speaking with Channel 12 news on Saturday evening, Avital said, “We’re talking about a time when people — when men — thought they were allowed to do it,” and suggested that “it wasn’t a norm per se, but it was a type of behavior.”

Channel 12 also aired a short written statement from a second person who accused the late president of sexually harassing her, describing an incident where he pressed her up against a wall and slipped his hand into her shirt without her consent. The woman was said to have been a former senior secretary. It was unclear when the alleged assault took place.

Asked if she had suffered additional incidents of sexual harassment, Avital said, “Of course, there was a lot of harassment from many people, and it wasn’t the only price we paid as women” with careers in these circles.

Sexual harassment was one of the ways “to trip us up as women, through intimidation and minimization,” she said.

Avital said she was “left with very difficult memories from the incident” with Peres and that she “didn’t suddenly remember it, as some have suggested. It’s something that can’t........

© The Times of Israel


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