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"I complained to Stern and he said, 'Nonsense, this is nothing.' Israel today

2021-10-11T18:38:49.890Z

A former officer testified in News 13 that she turned to complain about a senior officer to the minister, who then served as base commander • She said the officer remained in office while dealing with harassment • Stern responded:



After the Minister of Intelligence, Elazar Stern, caused a stir earlier this week when he confirmed that he had made complaints about sexual harassment during his service as head of the IDF, evidence that is published paints a disturbing picture of the general conduct during his military service. 

In a testimony published tonight on News 13, Daphne (pseudonym) said that she served as an officer in BAD 1 when Stern was the base commander in the 1990s. She claims she came to Stern after being sexually harassed by a senior officer and complained to him. Says that Stern said: "Nonsense, it's nothing.

"Okay, I'll check." 

According to Daphne's testimony, now 49 years old, there was a general atmosphere of harassment of women in the 1st Battalion.

And touching ... and I who did not flow, so they no longer loved me in advance. "She further testified that weeks after the harassment, she suffered harassment. 

Minister Elazar Stern responded to the publication: "From the few details given to us, it appears that this is an incident known to Minister Stern and handled severely by him. The officer's place of service was different and his duration shortened. And in influencing the continued service and promotion of the officer in the IDF.

Minister of Intelligence Elazar Stern caused a stir on Sunday when he revealed in an interview with Golan Yokfaz and Anat Davidov on FM103 radio that he made sure that anonymous letters complaining about officers were sent for shredding, including letters about sexual harassment.

In the middle of the interview, Stern was asked if he had received letters such as the letter about the head of the GSS being the former head of the IDF and what he had done with them.

The minister replied in the affirmative, saying that "the shredder worked very fast."

Asked if he had received an anonymous letter about the sexual harassment or sexual assault of a senior military official, Stern replied: "I also create an atmosphere for the female soldiers, who have someone to complain to and whoever is most comfortable with her. I also create an atmosphere that encourages complaining and backs women. I do not think that at the expense of encouraging the duty to complain about what is really being done, we can lend a hand (to such a culture). "

At first Stern responded positively to the question of whether he had shredded anonymous complaints of sexual harassment, but later said he did not remember exactly whether female soldiers' letters had been shredded in the past.

Source: israelhayom

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