Former Israeli PM Shimon Peres Accused of Sexual Harassment
Israeli media reports several sexual harassment accusations against former Israeli occupation prime minister Shimon Peres.
Former Israeli PM Shimon Peres is being accused by several women of sexual harassment.
In an interview with Haaretz, a veteran diplomat and former Labor Knesset member Colette Avital accused Peres of sexually harassing her twice.
In the first incident, Avital revealed that Peres pushed her against a wall and tried to kiss her without her consent. The second incident happened when Peres invited Avital to have breakfast in his hotel room while on a diplomatic mission in France and tried to push her onto the bed.
In the same context, Avital's confession made another anonymous woman come forward on Channel 2 and accuse Peres of sexually harassing her.
"I have an awful memory of him. I carry them with me to this day," said the anonymous woman.
The channel reported that many people who knew Peres personally secretly knew about his behavior and incidents.
"Israel" is familiar with such scandals among politicians and public figures. Peres' predecessor, PM Moshe Katzav, was guilty of rape and served a jail term. In addition, former minister of Security Yitzhak Mordechai and Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon were also prisoned for sexual assault.
At the time, Peres himself requested that the status of Katzav be removed from the presidential residence garden after the latter was sent to jail.
The Israeli PM, who died in 2016, is responsible for the Qana massacre in Southern Lebanon, which was carried out by the Israeli occupation forces on April 18, 1996, during his tenure as prime minister.
Moreover, the occupation bombed a command center for UNIFIL forces at the time despite civilians having sought refuge in it to escape the Israeli aggression. The Israeli massacre left 106 martyrs and many others injured.