"It is the time now for women to come and speak up," said Hamoud, who sports the title of her movie tattooed on her forearm in Arabic and English."Until now, we were listening to men, and they were the ones to run everything." "In Between" is the film's English title.Katsav was also convicted of obstructing justice, for trying to confer with one complainant about her testimony to police.
Israel's former president Moshe Katsav enters the Tel Aviv District Court before the verdict on charges of rape and sexual misconduct against him were heard December 30, 2010.
REUTERS/Baz Ratner Katsav, who is religiously observant, had cast himself as the victim of extortion and an ethnically-motivated “witch hunt.” Relatives said he would campaign to clear his name.
Peres succeeded Katsav as president, an appointment observers say has restored dignity to the post.
The eruption of the Katsav affair had amplified corruption scandals that brought down Israel’s then premier, Ehud Olmert.
An Israeli court found Katsav guilty of rape and other sexual offenses on Thursday, convictions of unprecedented gravity for a head of the Jewish state.
REUTERS/Baz Ratner Though the scandal had forced Katsav’s early retirement in disgrace, it had little impact on Israeli government functions, as the presidency is largely ceremonial.
At the age of 24 he became the country’s youngest mayor and went on to hold a number of Likud cabinet posts.
Parliament elected him president in 2000 in a surprise victory over Shimon Peres, Israel’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning elder statesman.
They find themselves stuck between an Arab society that often rejects nontraditional roles for women, and an Israeli society that while more open and Westernized, often doesn't treat Arabs as full equals.
Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of Israel's citizenry.
In Arabic, it is called "Land Sea," an expression meaning "Neither Here Nor There," the film's name in Hebrew.