Israeli Crime Reporter Claims Police Dropped Even Rape Case
UPDATE: I’ve just received a report from a well-informed Israeli source which directly contradicts the claims of Hadas Shtaif reported below. The source says that the police investigation was completed yesterday and transferred to the prosecutor, who has not yet decided whether to prosecute or not. Because the information in this report is much more specific than Shtaif’s, I find it more credible.
Also, Shtaif is a good police reporter because she has lots of friends/sources (mostly male) in the police force. Some of them undoubtedly told her the victim’s story and case is a crock. She dutifully reported this on her Facebook page. All this means is that she’s a good stenographer for her police sources. It doesn’t mean she has any sources in the prosecutor’s office or that she really knows what will happen to the case.
Israeli crime reporter, Hadas Shtaif, in her Facebook Wall, boasts almost with pleasure that her sources tell her that the Israeli police have dropped the rape case against Channel 2 reporter, Yoav Even. My own Israeli sources tell me that Shtaif is a credible reporter, but methinks there’s something entirely too celebratory about this comment which embraces Even unconditionally. Frankly, I find it a bit unsettling that a female police reporter should automatically side with the male suspect in a rape case. But here’s her statement:
Pay attention. The furor over the Yoav Even case is much ado about nothing. Even was investigated, came out of it smelling like a rose. The investigation shows that a rape never happened. The prosecutor determined there were no grounds for filing an indictment. Case closed. Remember, a police force which was bold enough to bring a charge of rape against a sitting President wouldn’t be frightened to bring an indictment against a reporter if there was anything to the case. In this case the police were prohibited from bringing a charge because it would’ve meant doing an injustice to Even. Believe me.
Frankly, I don’t. And Shtaif misses some important points. There was a huge furor within Israel over the Katsav rape case. At several points, the police and prosecutor considered dropping the charges. But because there was no gag and because the public could express its opinion about the case, pressure was exerted on the courts and police to go forward. At another point the prosecution offered Katsav what feminist groups considered a sweetheart deal which would’ve considerably reduced the charges against him. They offered him this despite all of the furor around the case from the public. It was only Katsav’s stubbornness and conviction that he could vindicate himself which led him to reject the offer and go to trial, where he lost.
In a case like Even’s, there is no public furor. No one can weigh in in any substantive way. Now, for true believers in Israel’s justice system they prefer it this way. They are firmly convinced that justice is always done and that charges can and should be weighed out of the glare of public spotlight. Me, I’m not as sanguine about the quality of Israeli justice especially when it involves national security or sexual violence against women. Israeli justice is entirely susceptible to suggestion and subtle, even unconsicous pressures on behalf of the male establishment. There is often a presumption in rape cases that the woman did something to provoke or invite the sexual encounter. The judge in this case has said precisely that about the victim. That’s precisely why there needs to be public input and public scrutiny or decisions such as these.
If Hadas Shtaif is correct I fear there has been a miscarriage of justice. If Even has been exonerated I hope the victim will sue him in civil court to assess, if successful, at least a financial cost for Even’s alleged actions. And let women who wish to dally with Even in future be aware of his history and be forewarned. If he is innocent, he will live this down, his life will go on, he will earn every success coming to him, and he will not have paid a severe penalty. If he is not, women in future are liable to suffer the fate of this victim. At least there is now a record should this happen again.
If Shtaif is correct, I fear that one major reason that the police dropped the case is because in the victim’s testimony she says that very early in their encounter she consented to being kissed by Even. From that point onward, she objected and resisted according to her testimony. Admittedly, a sexual encounter in which there is any consent becomes harder to prosecute. But if I am right and this is the reason the police have dropped the case, this means that no male-dominated police force or State prosecution will be willing to prosecute cases in which women have been raped in which there has been any form of consent. This means that the only women who can succeed in having their cases accepted will be those who never consented at any point in their rape.
I find this to be a sad phenomenon if I am right. It points further to the infantilizing of women, to turning them into objects which are not entitled to the varieties of responses to human situations which we all face. Women should be able to say no at any point in a sexual encounter even if they began by saying yes. Saying no should mean what it says no matter what preceded it. If you say no and your partner ignores you and proceeds, he has committed rape and should be prosecuted for it, no matter what you may’ve said before you said no.
If Shtaif is right, I am sad. Sad for Israeli justice, sad for the victim, sad for Israeli women.
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Pravada a la Silverstein..
i doubt you will have the integrity to actually publish the post, seems to me your censorship skills are second only to the ones used by Mother Russia during the glory days
April 26, 2011 at 2:55 AM
So let me get that straight
you are saying that even if the state will exonerate Even, You Richard think after reading the court transcripts (i assume you didn’t read the police report) that regardless of what the state will find Even is guilty.
did I get that straight ?
Richard Silverstein says:
April 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM
You’re speaking nonsense. You don’t even begin to understand my position. I don’t take well to people who misconstrue my views because either they have no reading comprehension skills or because they willfully distort them.
Follow the links buddy boy. If you had done this elementary amt of work you’d see the post displayed at Dvorit Shargel’s blog. Do I have to hold yr hand??
You never get anything straight & you didn’t get this one either.
the fact that so lightly you expose such a delicate matter is unbelievable to me.
as a women i am extremely offended, you give all of us a very bad name.
I know many woman who would be offended at your being offended, so I guess that makes us equal.
I have no idea what you’re talking about…are you talking about your own comment? If so pls. learn the diff. bet. a comment and a post. A post is what I write. A comment is what you write. And if you were referring to your comment & yr certainty I wouldn’t publish it, I’m delighted to prove you wrong.
But I am sorry to say that because you earlier wrote that my intentions vis a vis Israel were “despicable” & wishing for me to be “punished” you’ve been banned. It’s been nice knowing you.
And if you ever decide you want to actually read the comment rules & respect them, I’d reconsider your banning. But that’s up to you.
You’re losing a lot of credibility in this game you are playing.
This is a silly game, everybody can come up with such stories based on single cases and write hate articles. Here I want to show you how it is done.
How about writing about a subject like that:
“US turns sexual harassment into standard procedure”
American woman are getting used to being sexually harassed while boarding flights. Last week, Miss USA Sexually Molested by TSA… bla…bla…bla:
free man, pay attention now. Richard made it hiss gig to publicize and directly take on Israel’ silly gag order. And I, for one, along with many others , think it’ totally commendable. Just because that state i heading down a proto-fascist path doesn’t mean everyone has to buy into that dark destiny. maybe Richard care more about Israel’s future than you do, and is doing what he can to keep it in the company of civilized societies elsewhere.
Good for Richard to bring into the light that which thrives only in the slumpes of darkness. it’ a mighty worthy cause, if one that has no friends among the humanoids that dwell in caves where the sun don’t ever shine (and no disrespect to bats intended. They are creatures with a purpose too. Just that in the human version, well, it’s a bit slimy….what can I say…)
Thanks, Dana. I appreciate it.
I think Richard is doing a great job on the subject of the gag-orders in Israel. I do appreciate his work on the subject, that is why I read his blog and respond here. sometimes, however, i think he is too one sided on the Israeli-Palestinian divide, and I respond to that.
In the latest posts, he claims an insight to the issue of sexual harassments in Israel and I think he is way off there. This is the point I want to make. Nothing to do with all the arguments he have on other subjects.
In short very good work on gag issues, poor job as social analyst. In addition i don’t think he can improve there, cause he comes with a specific agenda that hinders him from being rational on the subjects he want to look at.
Wow, I’m always so touched when those on the Israeli right express such regard for my reputation. It’s quite moving actually.
You know nothing of my political stands. Calling my position “Israeli right” only shows how little you know of Israel and how fast you jump to the wrong conclusions.
It only shows that you automaticaly label anybody who does not bow to your “infinit wisdom and unprecedented insights”.
I can do even better with the BS article and continue to say:
“Turning sexual harassement into standard procedure calls for specific people for the job. Many sex offendered and regular peepers apply for the job and find their vocation”. For example, Safety Administration Officer —– —— of Philadelphia Airport passenger screener charged in distributing child pornography.”
You see, it is so easy, building phony theories out of internet real stories.
Understanding rightfully it’s the gag order you criticise towards the fancied right to do so.
Seems to be hard for some.
I am appalled by Schtaif’s simlistic approach. I seem to remember her defend victims whom the police disbelieved, where charges would have been dropped were it not for her reporting. After that, she apprently rejoices that a complainant’s very preliminary testimony was found baseless. Schtaif should know that it’s usually more complicated than that.