Rape Crisis Centers: Shalom should not be able to run for president

MK Pnina Tamano-Shata: "The police and attorney-general had their say and the case is closed; Shalom's innocence is clear and he can run for president."

May 18, 2014 21:04
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Silvan Shalom

Silvan Shalom. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel plans to fight any attempt by Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom to run for president, it announced Sunday.

The organization’s director-general, Orit Soliciano, said “the fact that the complaint submitted against Silvan Shalom [for sexual harassment] did not lead to criminal charges and the fact that other women who had information did not dare complain is not enough to allow him to run for president.”

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According to Soliciano, the test of criminal law is not the only way to judge whether someone is appropriate for the position.

“In a healthy society, we must look at the moral side, even if a crime isn’t proven,” she added.

Soliciano called for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and MKs to be extra careful when choosing a president, because Israel already had one who went to prison for rape; and to elect a president who is clean of any suspicion.

No female MKs came out against Shalom running, not even MK Michal Rosin (Meretz), former director-general of The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel.

However, several said they would not comment on Shalom’s candidacy until it is official.

MK Pnina Tamano-Shata (Yesh Atid) said she thinks “the police and attorney-general had their say and the case is closed, so Shalom’s innocence is clear and it is legitimate for him to run for president.”

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