Middle East

Ex-Israeli mayor convicted for naming street after mistress

An Israeli court has convicted a former mayor in a series of scandals — including naming a city street after a mistress.

The Tel Aviv District Court convicted David Yosef Monday on 16 charges of sexual assault, fraud and breach of trust. The indictment detailed the harassment of dozens of women who worked at City Hall, and the firing of those who rejected his advances.

Yosef, a former mayor of the central working class city of Or Yehuda, was also charged with providing perks to those women he courted. Among his transgressions was naming a new street "Bali" in 2013. At the time he gave no explanation for his reasoning. But the indictment says it was the nickname he gave one of his mistresses.