MK Michal Roisin (Meretz) wrote to IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz on
Tuesday to protest the “soft” sentence given to an IDF officer convicted of
carrying out indecent acts toward three female subordinates.
a Ynet report on Monday, the officer, who held the rank of lieutenant-colonel,
was sentenced by a military court to 40 days of community service, ordered to
pay thousands of shekels in compensation to each female soldier and was demoted
to the rank of captain.
The officer will leave the IDF but is expected to
receive an army pension and other benefits due to a pensioner of his military
rank, according to the report.
Roisin, chairwoman of the Knesset Lobby
for Equality in Employment and the former head of the Association of Rape Crisis
Centers in Israel, urged Gantz to ensure IDF courts “recognize the severity of
sexual violence towards female soldiers.”
“A verdict like this, which is
scandalously soft on a senior officer who carried out indecent acts against
three young women subordinate to him, can cause significant damage to the
ongoing struggle for gender equality and an environment free from sexual
violence and sexual harassment in the IDF,” wrote Roisin.
Noting that the
court found the officer had carried out the offenses systematically, over a
prolonged period, exploiting his senior position, Roisin called on Gantz “to use
your authority urgently in order to ensure that cases like this don’t occur in
the IDF, and don’t receive legitimacy from any elements in the IDF.”
added that military courts should reflect the gravity of such offenses in their
The IDF Spokesman’s Office did not reply for a request for
comment by press time.