Judge makes misogynist remark, and gets shunned by the Likud
A Tel Aviv judge caused outrage on Monday when he suggested that some girls get pleasure from sex attacks.He can take his "apology" and stuff it. It will be no surprise if he's a leftist who considers Jewish girls expendable. Worst, it's horrific to think of what kind of judiciary panel ever approved him to serve as a judge in the beginning, since he's obviously from a poor educational background.
The judge, Nissim Yeshaya, made the comments during an appeal hearing for four Palestinian boys, from the Shuafat refugee camp, who are accused of raping a 13-year-old Israeli girl.
Mr Yeshaya is an experienced judge, having served on the bench of the Tel Aviv District Courts from 1993 to 2007. He had retired but was leading a panel to decide on whether the attack could be defined as an act of terrorism.
Ynet quoted the prosecution lawyer, Roni Aloni-Sadovnik, saying: "In the midst of the passionate debate, he (Judge Yeshaya) suddenly said aloud, in earshot of everyone present, 'There are some girls who enjoy being raped.'"
Ms Aloni-Sadovnik continued: "The room fell into silence, even the panel members were silent for several minutes. And he didn’t even get what he had just said. He didn’t understand why everyone became quiet all of a sudden."
According to the Times of Israel, Culture Minister Limor Livnat, who also heads the ministerial committee for the advancement of women, called on the court administrator to ban Mr Yeshaya from future participation on legal panels.
“The judge’s statement was appalling and outrageous,” she said. “It is difficult to assess the total harm it caused, which may deter other sexual assault victims, present and future, from reporting attacks.”
The judge has apologised for his comments.
His bigotry has effectively cost him a job with the Likud's own court:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday withdrew his support of Judge Emeritus Nissim Yeshaya for the presidency of the Likud party's court, over a comment he had made earlier this week that some women "enjoy rape."He should be forced to do community service, and be shunned from every sane society. It's very sad that leftists like this have succeeded in making their way up the ladder here, and scary if they even managed to infiltrate the Likud. Guidelines need to be clearer in order to keep them out.
[...] The court system in Israel often assigns emeritus judges to sit on appeals committees reviewing Defense Ministry decisions. These hearings are confidential and held behind closed doors.
Netanyahu called the judge's comment "unfortunate" and stated that a person who thinks and expresses himself in such a way would not be fit to serve as the head of the judicial institution of the Likud movement. The leadership elections for party institutions within the Likud party, including president of the party's court, began this week and will run until the end of the month. Now Netanyahu will be forced to find a replacement candidate for the position on a tight timetable.
Attorney Roni Aloni-Sadovnik who represented the appellant before the appeals committee headed by Yeshaya told Army Radio that during an intense moment in the hearing he suddenly said aloud in front of those present, "'There are girls who enjoy rape.'"
Aloni-Sadovnik continued, "Silence fell upon the courtroom. He didn't even understand what he had said. He didn't understand why everyone went quiet." She added that she was sure the judge didn't intend for his comment to be malicious, but that the problem was his apparent prejudice against victims of sexual assault. "We are encountering the tip of the iceberg when judges flub with their words and express what is in their hearts," said Aloni-Sadovnik.
Yeshaya retired from his seat on the Tel Aviv District Court at age 65 in 2009, after 20 years of service in the position. Since retiring from the court, Yeshaya has served as the chairman of the supervision committee for the Likud party chairman elections and was a candidate for the president of the Likud court, which rules on internal party matters.
[...] The Courts Administration itself stated, "The Court Administration will examine the incident and the emeritus judge will be summoned for clarification in the coming days."
MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), who serves as chair for the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women, rebuked the response provided by the Court Administration. "A judge with such views should not sit in a [position of] judgment for even an hour longer." Lavie also stated that she found the response of the Court Administration, "no less disturbing."
Israel Bar Association chairman, attorney Doron Barzilay, responded as well. "On the face of things, these words sound serious. If the statements mentioned were indeed said, these would indeed be unfortunate statements that would best be said by no man, let alone a judge in the State of Israel." Barzilay added, "We intend to file a complaint against the judge and we expect that Court Administration to deal with this incident to the full extent of the law."
Update: the sick judge has resigned altogether. And he'd do well never to darken the legal system's doorstep again.