Ex-MK Magal brought in for investigation

Month after resigning from Knesset over sexual harassment accusations, former Jewish Home MK brought in by police.

Uzi Baruch ,

Yinon Magal
Yinon Magal
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Former Jewish Home MK Yinon Magal was brought in for investigation under warning on Thursday by police, on suspicions that he sexually harassed several women.

Magal's lawyers Oded Gazit and Galia Cohen said on his behalf that Magal was indeed summoned by the police, and welcomes the opportunity to deal with the accusations leveled against him. They said he is confident that after the police conclude their investigation, it will be found that he did not commit any crimes.

Magal resigned from the Knesset late last month after several former co-workers came forward to publicly complain that he had sexually abused them in the past.

In stepping down Magal claimed that his actions were not criminal, but said he "understands that some were harmed by my past conduct."

Police had already launched a preliminary inquiry into Magal's behavior as chief editor of Walla, a post he held before joining Jewish Home and launching his political career.

The investigation came after former employee Racheli Rottner revealed he made inappropriate sexual comments to her, and another former employee identified as A. complained he had touched her behind against her will. The MK responded by acknowledging he had made the lewd comments to Rottner.

Another woman who previously worked with Magal outside of Walla before he became chief editor of the site revealed to Channel 2 that she had also been sexually harassed by him, saying he kissed her against her will.

After stepping down, Magal gave a speech at his Tel Aviv synagogue in which he admitted, "I have sinned. But I choose to walk in the path of King David. I have admitted my sins and intend to do repentance."