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Sexual Harassment, Too, Is Part of Shimon Peres’ Legacy

Gidi Weitz
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It’s not easy to say this, but one of the conclusions from Colette Avital’s courageous interview in Haaretz on Friday is that the #MeToo movement will reach full maturity only when an entire generation of men and women has passed away.

With a few exceptions, the response to Avital’s revelation that Shimon Peres sexually harassed her can be roughly divided into two groups: Men and women under age 70 and those over age 70. The latter have been especially prominent among those casting doubt on her motives (“She wants to promote a book”) and harshly criticizing her timing (“What courage? After he died?”). One member of this generation, a well-known figure, wrote me: “This time you’ve been had. When she dies they’ll find in some safe some confirmation from the pope that she was a virgin.”

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