Another Jewish American Journalist Claims Sexual Harassment by 'Israeli Media Personality'

Avital Chizhik tweeted she had a similar incident to that described by Danielle Berrin, though not by Ari Shavit, who was accused by Berrin.

Avital Chizhik.
Avital Chizhik's Facebook page.

A Jewish American journalist has said she was sexually harassed by an "Israeli media personality" several years ago.

Avital Chizhik, who also writes for Haaretz's English Edition, tweeted on Thursday that she had experienced the "almost-exact" harassment as that revealed last week by Jewish Journal journalist Danielle Berrin.

Chizhik however stressed that the person she was referring to was not the same journalist who harassed Berrin.

Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit issued a statement of apology to Berrin on Thursday, saying that he had "misconstrued the interaction between us" during an interview in Los Angeles two-and-a-half years ago.  

"As a person who deeply respects every woman and every human being, and as a person who abhors any form of sexual harassment, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for this misunderstanding. I did not mean to say anything unwelcome to Berrin, and I certainly never meant to cause her distress or hurt her feelings," Shavit said.

In an article last week in The Jewish Journal, entitled "My sexual assault, and yours: Every woman’s story," Berrin accused a prominent Israeli writer of sexually harassing and assaulting her as she tried to interview him in the lobby of a hotel. Berrin accused Shavit of trying to force a kiss and described how she rejected his suggestions that they go up to his hotel room. She did not mention Shavit by name.