Police Investigate Woman for Alleged Sexual Harassment of Netanyahu's Wife on Twitter

Suspect claims tweets were mimicking threats she had received from Netanyahu supporters and were not directed at the prime minster's wife

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Sara Netanyahu at the Knesset, May 2020
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Police interrogated a woman on Wednesday for allegedly sexually harassing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, on Twitter last month.

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The woman, Iris Boker, was questioned for four hours by the cyber division of the Israel Police and later released under some restrictions.

According to Boker, the tweet consisted of foul language she had herself been subjected to on social media. Boker tweeted: “To make a deal out of one tweet threatening rape. Wait, Bibi, when it’s an entire Arab village or Sudanese who rape her, preferably in her rear end, and if her mother is available, she can come lend a hand. After the rape, there’s a possibility of fixing an ugly and disgruntled face of a divorcee. And the shame, the shame… Always, with all my willingness to help, you slut, who would touch you?”

Boker posted this after Sara Netanyahu, in an interview with Channel 12 News, referred to the demonstrations outside the official residence and said that she was a "battered woman" and felt that she’d been subjected to “sexual violence.”

Boker claimed that her tweet was mimicking threats that she was subjected to on Twitter, and that she was commenting on Netanyahu suddenly being alarmed when threats are directed at his wife. “It’s simply unacceptable that over something so foolish I was summoned and questioned. All I wanted to say was that finally, Benjamin Netanyahu has remembered to talk about threats of rape, after everything us left-wingers have been subjected to online by Bibi supporters.”

Haaretz has learned that state prosecutors were not involved in the decision to summon Boker for questioning, and that the decision was made following a police complaint against her.

Attorney Gonen Ben-Yitzhak, who is representing Boker, said in response: “Boker’s summoning to an interrogation demonstrates how selective law enforcement in Israel is. Iris is a tweeter who takes care to respect the dignity of Mrs. Netanyahu while harshly criticizing the prime minister. Boker, who is subject to interminable abuse and vilification by right-wing activists, is summoned for questioning due to a misunderstanding of what she wrote. It’s hard to believe that the police are not acting out of clear political motives.”

Boker had actually tweeted some critical remarks last month regarding comments directed at Sara Netanyahu. “Every wicked, cynical and merciless tweet about Sara and will become a screenshot that only serves the crook from Balfour … Believe me, if she’s suffered abuse, I feel sorry for her” she wrote.

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