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National Library board chief resigns after report he paid to silence harassment claim

David Blumberg, head of Israel's National Library. (Screenshot/YouTube)
David Blumberg, head of Israel's National Library. (Screenshot/YouTube)

David Blumberg, the chairman of the National Library of Israel’s board of directors, resigns from his position days after he was accused of paying a former employee to silence her following accusations of sexual harassment.

In Blumberg’s resignation letter, reports Haaretz, the library chief claims he “fell victim to a fierce and vicious attack… motivated by political and personal revenge.”

Last week, Channel 13 news reported that Blumberg agreed to pay his accuser NIS 240,000 ($77,000), and in exchange, she signed a deal barring her from revealing that he sexually harassed her.

The two signed the secret agreement with the help of a lawyer in December 2020. The deal stipulated that if the woman spoke of the harassment, the money would be confiscated, the report said.

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