News in Brief

Michal Bat-Adam gets lifetime achievement award for women’s film

Screenwriter, director and actress Michal Bat-Adam will be awarded a lifetime achievement award at the International Women’s Film Festival in Rehovot this month, the festival’s organizers announced yesterday. A selection of her films will be screened at the festival. A print of her first film as a director, “Moments de la vie d’une femme“ (“Rega’im”), from 1979, was restored especially for the festival and will open the event, which runs from October 21-27. Bat-Adam’s career spans more than three decades. She has written and directed 12 feature films and has acted in 20 movies and television series, including a series of films directed by her husband, Moshe Mizrahi. (Nirit Anderman)

Police recommend indicting TV anchor for sexual harassment

The Israel Police have recommended that veteran journalist Emmanuel Rosen be charged with sexual harassment. After completing an investigation into numerous complaints against Rosen, police say they have found “an evidentiary basis” for the charges and have transferred the case to the Central District of the State Prosecutor’s Office for preparation of a formal indictment. The investigation, which was was launched in early May, did not receive reports of rape or attempted rape, despite media reports to that effect. (Yaniv Kubovich)

Verdict for ex-FM set for November

The verdict in former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s trial for fraud and breach of trust will be announced on November 6, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court announced yesterday. Lieberman allegedly tried to interfere on behalf of Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, Ze’ev Ben Aryeh, recommending that he be made ambassador to Latvia, to reward Ben Aryeh for informing Lieberman about an investigation being conducted against Lieberman in Belarus. Ben Aryeh was convicted in October 2012 of obstruction of justice and passing information to an unauthorized person for his role in the affair. Lieberman has denied trying to promote Ben Aryeh’s appointment and downplayed the significance of the meeting with Ben Aryeh, at a hotel, at which the ambassador told the foreign minister about the investigation. (Revital Hovel)