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The case of famous Israeli players being accused of raping two minor girls has resurfaced, with the Israeli Channel 13 publishing new evidence that belies the idea that they did not know the age of the two girls, allegations that would have dropped the charge against them when the case first appeared about two years ago.

The Israeli channel published the correspondence of football players, Omer Atzeli, 26, who plays in the Israeli national team, and Dor Micah, 28, regarding the two girls who were 15 years old when the incident occurred, which proves their knowledge that they are underage for sex, and despite that, they participated With them in a crazy sex party.

Haaretz said that although this summer was filled with scandals, “nothing has captured the hearts of Israelis like this issue.”

The case, according to Haaretz, dates back to June 2020, when two football stars who play in the country’s most prominent club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, were involved in a sexual case, without specifying their identities.

They were investigated for having sex with two girls under the age of 16, a crime that could land them in prison for about five years. Investigations showed that the players met the two girls at a party and exchanged phone numbers and contacted them.

Their names were later revealed “after a failed attempt to obtain a gag order,” and they admitted to having sex with them, but denied knowing they were under 16 years old.

Although they denied any wrongdoing, they apologized on social media to their fans. Micah wrote: “Although I was convinced that they were 18, i.e. adults, I should have been more careful because I am a well-known figure and role model for many young people. Thus, I am sorry if there are people who have been disappointed. It seems that the damage to my image will be with me. all my life.”

His colleague wrote: “I made a moral mistake. I apologize to every boy or girl forced to ask their parents what happened to me and to every parent forced to explain.”

Despite that, the club insisted on ending their services, but fans of the players launched a campaign against the two girls on the Internet, which included insults and threats, and there were demonstrations accusing the two girls of having seduced the players, which caused the destruction of their football career.

In the future, the lawyers of the two girls and their families insisted that the players were the ones who asked them to meet in an apartment, and said that they had caused severe psychological damage to them, and confirmed that the players were fully aware that they were high school students.

The head of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, Orit Solitsino, described the case as “an extreme case of sexual exploitation of minors.”

Only three months after the scandal, the prosecutor’s office announced that the case was dropped because the two girls hid their age.

As a result, the two players worked to overcome this crisis by rehabilitating themselves, and left the country to play in Cyprus, then returned again to Israel, where Micah joined the “Hapoel Beersheba” team, while Atazili signed with Maccabi Haifa, and starred with the team, and was His choice of the Israeli national team.

But the case erupted again with the publication, last week, by the Israeli Channel 13, leaks that refuted these allegations, as it published text messages between the players that revealed their clear knowledge of the age of the two girls and that they were concerned about it.

Channel 13 published messages exchanged between players

The letters reveal that they plan to give the girls alcohol and drugs, despite knowing their age.

“It will be just the four of us,” Micah wrote in a letter. “We drink and hang out. I’m in favor of bringing some powder (presumably cocaine), but it depends on how willing they are.”

And his colleague replied, “I have no problem with that, but not with them. They are not yet 18. They are in 12th grade, you should forget about it.” He said the idea of ​​using drugs with young girls was “scary”.

The two players shared their photos from private social media, to determine if they were attractive enough to take the risk.

Haaretz says they repeatedly referred to the two girls using a Hebrew word for children, not young women.

The newspaper described these allegations as a “moral crime, especially that the players are role models for young people and fans” and said that the new evidence casts a shadow over the prosecution’s decision to drop the case, and highlights the accountability of some teams to their players for such behavior while other teams ignore it.

She referred to a series of scandals that were revealed, such as the case of the Israeli singer, Eyal Golan, who is suspected of having sexual relations with underage girls “with their consent” during “group sex parties interspersed with smoking contraband.”

It also referred to allegations of sexual slavery inflicted on female guards by inmates of the Gilboa Maximum Security Prison in northern Israel.

In light of the new leaks, the media and social media in Israel were filled with calls to reconsider its continuation to play football, especially Atazili, who plays in the country’s national team.

One commenter wrote: “A man like this should not wear our flag.”

Feminist groups called on the police to reopen the investigation into the case following the latest report, but the players’ lawyers asserted that the report was based on “fabricated” text messages, describing the report as “fake news”.

And a report on the Channel 13 website stated: “The correspondences that were revealed directly affected two girls at the age of fifteen… the childhood that has not recovered since then.”

Another wrote on Twitter: “It’s time for all parties involved to take responsibility: The Football Association must make a clear statement: ‘Do these players deserve to wear the national team uniform?'”

“The sexual terrorism perpetrated by Atzili and Micah was as severe as the rape of a female soldier in Gilboa prison,” wrote one commentator:

Another wrote: “Football is not just about achievements. It is first and foremost education and values”: