Ben Gvir says he’s filed $40,000 libel suit against Haaretz daily
Extremist MK Itamar Ben Gvir says he has filed a libel lawsuit against the left-wing Haaretz daily and its reporter Chaim Levinson, over a story published last week that claimed Ben Gvir and his wife had acted to silence a sexual assault case.
The story said the Ben Gvirs had attempted to convince a sexual assault victim not to involve police and other state authorities, condemning those who did try to involve them.
In a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court lawsuit published by Ben Gvir’s office, the Otzma Yehudit party chief demands some NIS 150,000 ($40,000). He says the Haaretz story is completely false and that Ben Gvir had merely defended the assault victim after her case was published in the media against her will, and hadn’t been involved in the case before that.