Senior Israel Police Officer Dismissed for Covering Up Sexual Harassment

Jerusalem-area sector commander Nissim Edri neglected to report suspected wrongdoing, then lied about it under investigation.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Brig. Gen. Nissim Edri, the commander of Israel Police's Zion sector in the Jerusalem area, was dismissed from his position on Sunday by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino for failing to pass on complaints regarding alleged sexual harassment of female officers by his boss.

The police have decided to try Edri in disciplinary hearings, which are expected to end in his termination from the force.

Earlier this year, Internal Affairs decided not to press criminal charges against Edri, who is suspected of failing to report complaints of sexual harassment against his commander, Jerusalem District commander Nisso Shaham, as required by law.

Shaham has been accused of sexual harassment by five female police officers, and sources at the Justice Ministry suspect there may be more. He was suspended from his post earlier this year.

During questioning by Internal Affairs, Edri denied that he knew about the complaints. However, he later admitted that he did know about them when investigators confronted him with the officer who had informed him about the complaints.  

Brig. Gen. Nissim Edri.

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