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Ex-Labor MK says Shimon Peres sexually assaulted her in the 1980s

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Published: 12 October 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Colette Avital alleges Peres forcibly kissed her during a work meeting, and assaulted her in a hotel; minister admits ignoring complaints as army's manpower chief

'Peres pinned me to the door and tried to kiss me. I pushed him off. I was shaking' (Haaretz)
In an interview with Haaretz, former ambassador Colette Avital talks about how she had to contend with persistent rumours of an inappropriate relationship with Shimon Peres

Ex-Labor MK says Shimon Peres sexually assaulted her in the 1980s (Times of Israel)
Colette Avital, a former senior diplomat, alleges the late statesman forcibly kissed her during a work meeting while he was PM, assaulted her at Paris hotel several years earlier

Former Labor MK: Shimon Peres sexually harassed me (Jerusalem Post)
Labor MK Colette Avital reported two alleged incidents during which former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres assaulted and harassed her

Israeli minister admits ignoring anonymous complaints as army's manpower chief (Haaretz)
‘The shredder worked very quickly,’ said Elazar Stern, the former chief of the manpower in the Israeli military, about anonymous sexual harassment complaints, but later said he did no such thing during his time in office

Stern scandal: Israel must address sexual assault complaints (Jerusalem Post)
ANALYSIS: Elazar Stern's admission that he shredded complaints showed Israel has a broken system that doesn't enable victims of sex offenses to file reports

Photo: Colette Avital in the late 1980s (Yaron Kaminsky)

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