חשיפה: שני הכדורגלנים החשודים בביצוע עבירות מין בקטינות הם דור מיכה ועומר אצילי
Two Israeli soccer stars playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel’s top Premier League team, stand accused of raping teenage girls. There is a gag order imposed in Israel on naming the players. Their names are Dor Micha (English Wiki) age 28 and Omer Atzili age 27. The team has suspended them pending the outcome of the investigation. They have not played for the team in any matches since the charges were first made public.
The accused claim that they made the victims show them their IDs to prove they were 16 or older. The girls claim no onee ever asked for their IDs. The attacks took place at the home of a third Premier League player and police are investigating whether other players were involved as well.
As football (as the sport is known outside the U.S.) is Israel’s most popular sport, fans have reacted harshly to the charges and leveled invective at the victims. This seems standard behavior for Israeli men who resent their predatory behavior being called out publicly.
Those defending the players claim the women texted the players saying they were 17 years old. This may be a mitigating factor, but it isn’t much of a defense since the perpetrators acknowledged the act happened and the women were minors regardless of what they may have claimed.
One of the victims responded:
“They’re lying. We never said we’re 18 and we weren’t asked our ages,” she told Channel 12 news. “The soccer players knew we were high school students.”
She added, “I’m really hurt. I understand I was taken advantage of.”
This scandal echoes a similar incident in which an Israeli semi-pro footballer who played on the Beitar Jerusalem practice squad was also accused of the gang rape of the British teenage girl on Cyprus. The authorities there botched the investigation and eventually leveled charges against the victim. None of the Israeli men who participated in or were accessories to the alleged rape were charged either in Cyprus or Israel.
In 2018, another Beitar Jerusalem player, Antony Varenne, was discovered to have enaged in sex acts with an unconscious woman while taunting her. Despite a video documenting the behavior the Israeli league authorities and team itself refused to discipline the player. Instead of apologizing to the victim or promising to examine the attitudes which led to his heinous behavior, his only response was:
…He was “embarrassed and sorry. I made a mistake.”
He told Mako News, the Israeli sports website, that he would “have to live with the shame all my life.”
In an earlier incident in 2009, two Israeli players for HaPoel Tel Aviv, were accused of raping Swedish prostitutes they hired after playing a match in Sweden.
Clearly, there is a long history of male privilege and acceptance of predatory behavior among powerful Israeli men in the fields of sports, academia, entertainment, the military, and politics. I’ve documented scores of such cases here over the years.