Israeli Judge's Rape Comments Spark Outrage
An Israeli judge resigned on Wednesday following offensive comments in court. Judge Nissim Yeshaya, of Tel Aviv’s District Court said, “Some girls enjoy being raped,” during a hearing for a 19-year old victim who was allegedly raped by four Palestinians when she was 13. The victim is petitioning the court to classify the alleged rape as an “act of terror,” which would make her eligible for compensation from the government. The judge claimed his remarks had been misconstrued, but resigned after pressure from members of Parliament. Even Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced his opposition, calling the remarks “unacceptable,” and withdrawing support for the judge’s appointment as head of the Likud Party’s Court.