NIF chief to head Hebrew U sex court

Radical leftist leader Talia Sasson has been named as chair of the sexual harassment court at Hebrew University.

Gil Ronen,

Talia Sasson
Talia Sasson
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The president of the radical leftist New Israel Fund, Talia Sasson, has been named as the head of the Disciplinary Court on Sexual Harassment in Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

University President Menahem Ben-Sasson announced the appointment in a letter addressed to Sasson and eleven other members of the court. The appointment is for a period of three years.

Women in the court will have a majority of seven out of 12 members. Some are associated with a radical feminist world view and have targeted male Hebrew University professors in the past.

Harassment by professors does not seem to be the major problem facing Hebrew U's female students, however. Female students at the university's Har Hatzofim (Mount Scopus) campus have been complaining for years that local Arabs routinely harass them and commit various offenses, including molestation and rape. 

One female student who spoke to Arutz Sheva said: "This is an unsafe place. You can't go out in the evening after 6 p.m., when it is dark. They come here and they know that they can harass Jewish women... I got off lightly but I know many girls where it ended differently and they experienced very harsh things. I am lucky. I heard of one girl who was raped. When you tell the police, they can't do anything, because there is no evidence of what happened."

The matter reached the Knesset but the sole female MK to attend the discussion blamed the university's female students for their plight.

Sexual harassment by local Arabs is not handled by the disciplinary court, which only deals with allegations made against university staffers.

The NIF has accompanied Israel's genderist establishment since its early days in the 1980s, through groups such as the Israel Women's Network. However, many accuse it of not being concerned by sexual harassment of Jewish women by non-Jews.