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Israeli Judge: ‘Some Women Enjoy Being Raped’

"He didn't understand why everyone became quiet all of a sudden."
Judge Nissim Yeshaya thinks women "enjoy getting raped."

Judge Nissim Yeshaya thinks women "enjoy getting raped."

Six years ago, a 13 year-old Israeli woman was raped by four young Palestinians from the Shu’afat refugee camp. It happened when she was walking home, in a town located near the Hizma checkpoint. The four Arabs were convicted and imprisoned.

On Monday morning, a judicial review panel assembled in the Tel Aviv District Court to discuss at the Young woman’s appeal of a decision of the Defense Ministry not to recognize her rape as an act of terrorism, as she had requested.

In Israel, a Victim of Terrorism is a person injured as a result of a terrorist act committed for nationalistic reasons, in Israel or abroad.

Victims of terrorist attacks are eligible for compensation, pursuant to the Compensation for Victims of Hostilities Act of 1970.

Attorney Roni Aloni-Sadovnik.

Attorney Roni Aloni-Sadovnik.

During the hearing, the young woman’s attorney, Roni Aloni-Sadovnik, a well known feminist lawyer, tried to convince the panel of judges, headed by Retired Tel Aviv District Court Judge Nissim Yeshaya, that there are cases of rape whose circumstances justify recognition as an act of terrorism committed for nationalistic reasons.

Attorney Aloni-Sadovnik later described the scene that ensued to Israel Army Radio: “In the midst of the passionate debate, he (Judge Yeshaya) suddenly said aloud, in earshot of everyone present, ‘There are some girls who enjoy being raped.’”

“The room fell into silence,” the attorney continued her description. “Even the panel members were silent for several minutes. And he didn’t even get what he had just said. He didn’t understand why everyone became quiet all of a sudden.”

The rape victim was very upset and very hurt. Two panel members tried to calm the situation down and minimize the damage of the judge’s statement.

“I have no doubt he did not say these things out of malice or with an evil intent,” Aloni-Sadovnik commented. “The problem is that this is the state of mind, this is the thinking this is the prejudice against victims of sexual assault. We encounter only the tip of the iceberg when judges trip themselves and express to what’s really in their hearts.”

Courts Administration responded that “things were said in the heat of the debate, and that there was no intention to hurt or belittle the plight of rape victims. The Judge apologizes for the things he said. The Court Administration will review the case and the retired judge will be summoned for a clarification in the coming days.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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36 Responses to “Israeli Judge: ‘Some Women Enjoy Being Raped’”

  1. It’s hard to believe that a woman gave birth to and raised this neanderthal…

  2. Anonymous says:

    wth? this is our judges? such a disgrace to the whole israeli judicial system.

  3. Jo Torres says:

    Tell him some men enjoy getting tasered in their crotch and would he like to partipate….what an idiot.

  4. **** de Armas says:

    UN JUEZ JUDIO DE ISRAEL.
    DE MALA ENTRAÑA Y MACHISTA.

    EL JUEZ NISSIM YESHAYA, LO DICE POR SU PROPIA EXPERIENCIA Y AL PARECER REPETITIVAS LA VECES QUE EL MISMO LO PROVOCO.
    ES UN PSIQUIATRICO DEGENERADO EL JUEZ ANTES MENCIONADO..

    Esto lo digo yo de este tipo disfrazado de moral y ética.

  5. Myriam Obadia says:

    Disbar him and dismiss him. A man who suffers from a prejudice -be it against either the accusation or the defense- is not qualified to judge under any circumstance. One doesn't have to be a legal expert or a Torah scholar to understand why the principle of impartiality of the judge must me maintained at all cost, to prevent the dereliction of any civilized nation.

  6. Samuel Ramos says:

    This only proves there are stupid people everywhere!

  7. David Brooks says:

    There is no shortage of incidents in which Arab men use rape and sexual harassment as a weapon. I can't believe in this day and age we even have to say it, but rape is an act of violence, not sex.

    "Arab Men Should Sexually Harass Israeli Women" Says Female Muslim Lawyer.

  8. Quick way to end a career.

  9. Armando Loo says:

    Sin dudas este juez Yeshaya tuvo experiencias personales cuando afirma esto tan enfáticamente. O , a lo mejor, sangre palestina corre por sus venas o entrañas.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Only a mentally deranged person can make such a statement.

  11. Gil Gilman says:

    His picture looks as if he is in the throes of a major fight with reality..

  12. Gil Gilman says:

    Really? All that is necessary is that he be one of the biased individuals that te world knows all too well.

  13. Gil Gilman says:

    You should have factual evidence of this before posting.

  14. Gil Gilman says:

    Maybe there is good reason, whether medical, such as senior dementia, or perhaps just to shut him up as an embarrassment. Anyone who believes his antiquated jargon, has no place in any governmental or religious leadership position.

  15. Gil Gilman says:

    Can an already retired judge be disbarred? I agree he should be dismissed from the panel…and censured.

  16. Alan Kardon says:

    Can someone ask this moronic judge were he gets his information? Maybe he should be raped. How can this idiot remain on the court?

  17. Joy Haworth says:

    horrible

  18. Jen Jones says:

    Since there is nothing stating the judge is a leftist liberal, I am assuming that he is.

  19. How did he ever become a Judge? This man is a misogynist and a male chauvinist..bleep!

  20. Charlie Hall says:

    This judge would feel quite at home in certain segments of the Republican party in the US.

  21. Charlie Hall says:

    Actually he is probably a right wing conservative, as this is precisely the kind of nonsense we hear from those circles here in America.

  22. and they called a thirteen year old girl a WOMAN???

  23. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    She's a woman halachically

  24. oh. thx jacob. i will still think of a 13 year old as a child…

  25. Charlie Hall says:

    The idea is that 12 or 13 is the point at which we become personally responsible for keeping God's commandments. In theory, two 13 year olds could marry each other in a Jewish marriage, but I've never heard of that happening. In most of the US you need to be 16 even with parental consent.

  26. Avi Zirler says:

    People like you would quite at home in certain segments of the buffoons.

  27. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    May I suggest he move to DC and become a Democrat. He would fit right in.

  28. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Democrat. Jihadist. No real difference. (Oh darn….this is where Yanover condemns me)

  29. Al Goltzman says:

    No enlightened, empathetic, intelligent, person, whether Jewish or not, Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform, would ever even think that any woman would enjoy being raped. The fact that this statement was made by a Judge in Israel is shameful and should embarrass any fellow Jew to have this person sharing his faith.

  30. David Brooks says:

    A right wing conservative? You mean like the ones advocating the 2nd Amendment to protect women where as Joe Biden recommends… err what was it, shouting or blowing a whistle?

    But don't let the facts stop you. They never do.

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