Israel Bar Association chair resigns following accusation of sexual abuse

The Jerusalem Post

The head of the Israel Bar Association submitted his resignation on Tuesday after a report accused him of performing an indecent act during a video chat with a young female lawyer.

Avi Himi, one of the loudest opposition voices against the government’s plan to radically overhaul the judicial system, allegedly exposed himself during the video conversation and touched himself onscreen, Channel 13 reported Monday evening.

The report said the incident took place during a call with a lawyer who had asked Himi to support her appointment as a judge. After notifying her that he had sent a letter recommending her promotion, the senior lawyer allegedly took his pants off and started pleasuring himself in front of her without her consent.

Himi did not immediately deny the report but said that the act was consensual. In the hours after it aired, he accused “the poisonous machine of those seeking to promote the judicial overhaul” of targeting him because he opposes it.

“Once again we witness how desperate politicians work tirelessly to trample anyone with a different opinion than theirs,” he said.

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