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#MeToo hits Israeli food industry

TV personality Dafna Lustig doesn’t name the chef who harassed her 13 years ago, but throws out enough hints for those in the know; food blogger does the same

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Dafna Lustig, the TV presenter who publicly announced she had been sexually harassed years earlier by a well-known Israeli chef (Israeli Broadcasting Corporation/CC BY-SA 4.0)
Dafna Lustig, the TV presenter who publicly announced she had been sexually harassed years earlier by a well-known Israeli chef (Israeli Broadcasting Corporation/CC BY-SA 4.0)

The global #MeToo movement reached the Israeli food industry with recent public Facebook postings by television presenter Dafna Lustig and food expert and blogger Naama Feld, who each wrote about being sexually harassed by well-known local chefs.

Neither Lustig nor Feld explicitly named their harassers, but used details about each chefs’ specialties that made their identities fairly obvious to those in the industry, according to several threads on social media.

Lustig, a radio personality and TV presenter, wrote her account on Facebook on the occasion of her 39th birthday.

Lustig, who is married to restaurateur Yonatan Heller, wrote about her experiences, starting with minor sexual harassment situations that she suffered as a teenager. She was 24 when she was assaulted by a chef while she was at his house with other guests. She had only previously revealed it to close friends.

“I was scared, I didn’t report him,” she wrote.

“I’m a coward,” she wrote. “A lot of people I love and who love me and know this story continue to eat at this restaurant. All the time. And they know. But the ceviche, the ceviche. It’s so tasty.”

בסוף השבוע הזה מלאו לי 39. זה זמן טוב להגיד משהו.כל אחת מאיתנו עברה משהו. כל אחת. מקרים קטנים, מקרים גדולים. לכל אחת…

Posted by Dafna Lustig on Saturday, 20 October 2018

Thousands of followers and friends supported Lustig on Facebook and other social media networks, encouraging Lustig to out the chef who assaulted her.

Feld, formerly the co-author of the popular Beigele food blog, followed with her story several days later, also on Facebook.

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