MK names Tel Aviv University student accused of rape
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MK names Tel Aviv University student accused of rape

Labor's Shelly Yachimovich says she decided to expose PhD candidate's identity so 'the students who study with him know about this'

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich is seen at the Knesset on October 25, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich is seen at the Knesset on October 25, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Labor party MK Shelly Yachimovich on Monday revealed the name of a Tel Aviv University doctoral student accused of raping a teaching assistant as Asher Moshe.

Last week, teaching assistant Bar Lavi revealed that an unnamed instructor at the university raped her in August. She said her complaint to the university was disregarded, and lamented that he is “allowed to walk free.”

At a Knesset session addressing the outpouring of sexual assault allegations since accusations surfaced against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein last month, Yachimovich said it was unfair Moshe was allowed to remain anonymous.

“It’s unacceptable that Bar was left fully exposed after this ordeal while her attacker gets to enjoy immunity and anonymity,” she said during the session. “It’s better that the students who study with him know about this.”

Yachimovich later posted a screenshot on Twitter showing the names, times and location of two courses taught by Moshe.

During the Knesset session, Yachimovich also addressed the growing number of women coming forward with sexual assault allegations, saying, “Women are no longer willing to let their bodies and souls be abandoned. What is happening is nothing short of a revolution.”

A lawyer for Moshe strongly criticized Yachimovich for publicizing his name, accusing the Knesset member of taking the law into her own hands.

“Shelly Yachimovich decided she was the judge,” the Ynet news site quoted Stavit Reichman as saying. “She has no idea what happened.”

“If this had happened to Shelly Yachimovich’s son, she would not think it is okay publish the name without knowing the details,” she added.

Yachimovich’s exposure of Moshe’s name came as women around the world have shared their experiences of sexual assault as part of the #MeToo campaign.

In Israel, sexual misconduct allegations have been leveled against a number of prominent figures, including veteran journalists Haim Yavin and Gabi Gazit, as well as Alex Gilady, president of the Keshet Broadcasting group and Israel’s representative on the International Olympic Committee.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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