Katzav verdict: A letter to A. of the Tourism Ministry

Dear, A.,

As a father of two daughters who are thank God too young to understand what happened yesterday, I would like to thank you on their behalf. They don’t know it yet, but you have already affected their lives immensely.

Thank you for bringing to light the filthy behaviour of Israeli men in high-ranking positions. Everyone knew about it – in the army, in the Knesset, in the governments – but nothing was ever done. It was a given that women working with these lowlifes will pay the price and keep shtum.

Thank you for having the guts to take on one of the highest ranking officials, Israel’s “number one citizen”, and drag him kicking and screaming  to court for what he did to you. You have shown that there is a glimpse of hope in Israeli society, coming from its judicial system. This is a system that occasionally has given the occupation a hard time – but has ultimately enabled it. There’s a lot of work to be done, but at least now it is starting to come out for women’s rights.

And lastly, thank you for making this place just a tad safer for my two beautiful girls. My girls, of course, are the smartest on this planet and will go on to do great things. But their path might be dotted with lowlifes like Katsav. Putting aside the physical harm I would do to anyone who laid a finger on them, you have shown that they have a certain amount of protection from this state, and you have sent a clear message to the imbeciles who might even think about touching them.

My daughters and I owe you a lot.