Labor Lawmaker Sues Zionist Union Chairman Avi Gabbay for Calling Him a Sex Offender

Zionist Union MK Eitan Broshi filed a 300,000 shekel ($81,600) lawsuit claiming Gabbay 'conducted a horrible field trial which quickly ended in an ugly Twitter lynching'

Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay in Herzliya, May 2018
Tomer Appelbaum

MK Eitan Broshi (Zionist Union) filed a 300,000 shekel ($81,600) lawsuit Wednesday against party chairman Avi Gabbay, who had called him a sex offender in a Twitter post.

Broshi said on Monday that he would sue Gabby if the tweet was not erased.

“We will continue to fight for the goal of a safe and protected public space for women. Intimidation attempts will have no effect,” Gabbay said in response.

Broshi’s suit claims Gabbay “conducted a horrible field trial which quickly ended in an ugly Twitter lynching.” It stressed that fellow Zionist Union MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, whom Broshi had touched on the buttocks, had accepted his apology, and that Broshi denies a second allegation of sexual harassment.

Gabbay announced Broshi’s suspension Sunday in the wake of the second allegation. In a letter to Gabbay on Monday, Broshi’s lawyer Ilan Bombach, said Gabbay announced the suspension only an hour after the allegation became known. According to Bombach, Gabbay doesn’t have the authority to suspend anyone from the party; only the secretary general and the secretariat have that authority. Moreover, an MK can only be suspended after a hearing.