Alleged sexual harassment rocks Zionist Union

Those who witnessed the incident said Nahmias-Verbin had been in his way, so Broshi, 68, gave her a friendly pat.

By
July 18, 2018 21:52
1 minute read.
Eitan Broshi

Eitan Broshi. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi’s pat on the behind of his colleague Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin when the faction visited Kibbutz Be’eri in the Gaza periphery Saturday night caused a rift within the party Wednesday.

Those who witnessed the incident said Nahmias- Verbin had been in his way, so Broshi, 68, gave her a friendly pat. No one who saw the incident said they thought he had any sexual intentions, but party member Amiram Levine told her that she should have slapped him, because he was disrespectful.

Nahmias-Verbin wrote on Facebook that she accepted Broshi’s apology but it did not change the fact that he had touched her in an improper, harmful and humiliating manner in front of a large group of people.

Broshi did not apologize initially, because he did not believe he did anything wrong. But he did apologize later that evening and issued a statement Wednesday saying that he had made a mistake, but complained that “unfortunately, there are those trying to score political points, using an unfortunate coincidence that happened will no ill intentions.”


He was referring to Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich, who wrote on Twitter, “Broshi, I will be shunning you, and those like you. Your time has passed. I am with you, Ayelet.”

Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel (Likud) said Broshi shames the chair he sits on in the Knesset.

No Zionist Union MKs came out publicly backing Broshi. But in private conversations, multiple MKs in the faction called it “an unfortunate misunderstanding that had been blown out of proportion.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The 10-day musical journey with the Tournees des Refuge ensemble and Sde Boker Field School in Midre
February 23, 2019
Desert tunes: Infusing Israel's Negev with music and life

By CASSANDRA GOMES-HOCHBERG