Six Women Accuse Israeli Interior Minister of Harassment

The wave of reports regarding Silvan Shalom's alleged sexual misconduct emerge after Haaretz reported on a series of alleged incidents that went on for more than a year.

Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom.
Tomer Appelbaum

Interior Minister Silvan Shalom touched himself and then tried to kiss a woman against her will, the woman, who worked with Shalom, has told Haaretz. This alleged incident is not subject to the statute of limitations. According to a statement made in Shalom’s name, this “never happened.” 

This is the sixth woman to say that Shalom tried to force sexual contact on her.

A woman told Israel Radio Thurday morning that Shalom had previously tried to forcibly kiss her and push his tongue into her mouth. According to the unnamed woman, the incident occurred during a work meeting a number of years ago; Army Radio reported on at least one new testimony of a woman who said Shalom tried forcibly to kiss her; Channel 10 reported on a woman who said Shalom tried forcibly to kiss her on two occasions, and in one case he allegedly put his hand under her skirt. 

MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) said Thursday that she had testimony about the women from Army Radio. “I’m not talking only about sexual harassment, I’m talking about indecent acts by force I think there is no choice but to launch an investigation. The law states that the attorney general doesn’t have to wait until complaints are filed.”

The wave of reports was started by the report that appeared in Haaretz Wednesday on a series of alleged incidents that went on for more than a year. These reports joined those of the first woman who complained of alleged acts by Shalom – the woman said that more than a decade ago, Shalom asked her to perform oral sex, abusing his authority over her. However, that case cannot be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.