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Netherlands - Court: Rabbi Eliezer Berland Should Be Extradited To Israel

Published on: June 30, 2015 12:00 PM
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FILE - The controversial Israeli Rabbi Eliezer Berland (C), who is suspected of sexual abuse in his own country, arrives with his lawyer Louis de Leon (R), at the court in Haarlem, The Netherlands, 17 November 2014. EPAFILE - The controversial Israeli Rabbi Eliezer Berland (C), who is suspected of sexual abuse in his own country, arrives with his lawyer Louis de Leon (R), at the court in Haarlem, The Netherlands, 17 November 2014. EPA

The Netherlands is turning over Rabbi Eliezer Berland to Israel to face four charges of alleged indecent assault of women and girls, the Dutch publication Nu.nl reports (http://bit.ly/1GMgQVW).

The Dutch Supreme Court ruled today that Berland, 78, can be extradited to Israel, overturning an earlier local court ruling in February denying Israel’s extradition request. The Supreme Court decision comes after months of delays in the extradition process, including a hospital stay for Berland in January, who was said to be suffering from heart-related issues at the time.

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Berland fled to the Netherlands from Israel three years ago after several women and a 15-year-old girl accused the rabbi of sexual assault. Thus far, Berland had successfully dodged law enforcement authorities in the United States, South Africa, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and Morocco on these charges. He was arrested by Dutch police at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in September after evading South African authorities, but had been free on bail pending the outcome of the extradition ruling.

The rabbi has said that Israel has no jurisdiction to extradite him since the alleged incidents occurred over the 1949 Armistice lines and he was not an Israeli citizen. A date has not yet been set by the Dutch Justice Ministry for Berland’s extradition.


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 Jun 30, 2015 at 12:28 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

This story keeps on getting stranger. In the last hearing Israel confirmed there was no arrest warrant for rabbi Berland. How can there be extradition without an international arrest warrant?

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 02:47 PM emes01 Says:

No idea about the merits of the case but he should not go to court in tallis and tefillin unless he was in the middle of shacharis and was suddenly summoned.

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 02:51 PM Mayer Says:

Neat argument of Berland's that Israel has no jurisdiction to extradite him since the alleged incidents occurred over the 1949 Armistice lines and he was not an Israeli citizen. How did the Dutch Supreme Court deal with that one?

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 04:27 PM Shlomo-1 Says:

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AuthenticSatmar Says:

This story keeps on getting stranger. In the last hearing Israel confirmed there was no arrest warrant for rabbi Berland. How can there be extradition without an international arrest warrant?

A request for extradition isn't dependent on an "international arrest warrant" (which is a misnomer for a notice sent via Interpol).

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 04:28 PM Anonymous Says:

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Mayer Says:

Neat argument of Berland's that Israel has no jurisdiction to extradite him since the alleged incidents occurred over the 1949 Armistice lines and he was not an Israeli citizen. How did the Dutch Supreme Court deal with that one?

If your defense is that the alleged crime happened in another jurisdiction, then there is a problem.

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 04:36 PM Anonymous Says:

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emes01 Says:

No idea about the merits of the case but he should not go to court in tallis and tefillin unless he was in the middle of shacharis and was suddenly summoned.

"No idea about the merits of the case but he should not go to court in tallis and tefillin unless he was in the middle of shacharis and was suddenly summoned."

Stop trying to cover up that we have molesters among us.

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 05:05 PM Secular Says:

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Mayer Says:

Neat argument of Berland's that Israel has no jurisdiction to extradite him since the alleged incidents occurred over the 1949 Armistice lines and he was not an Israeli citizen. How did the Dutch Supreme Court deal with that one?

Because the crimes were allegedly committed against Israeli citizens. The citizens then take their case to local law enforcement and prosecutor.

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 06:34 PM ayoyo Says:

We can't know what really happened between the people .The Rabbi is a big tzadik who is following the ideals of Reb Nachman , let us not judge him .

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 Jun 30, 2015 at 11:02 PM Anonymous Says:

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ayoyo Says:

We can't know what really happened between the people .The Rabbi is a big tzadik who is following the ideals of Reb Nachman , let us not judge him .

No. This so called "Tzadik" is an alleged pervert and child abuser. No normal Rav would show up at the airport and at police interrogations unless he is trying to feign mental illness. This guy should be returned to EY and put on trial. If found guilty, I hope he is put away for life. Enough with giving the benefit of the doubt to these scammers and abusers.

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 Jul 01, 2015 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

No. This so called "Tzadik" is an alleged pervert and child abuser. No normal Rav would show up at the airport and at police interrogations unless he is trying to feign mental illness. This guy should be returned to EY and put on trial. If found guilty, I hope he is put away for life. Enough with giving the benefit of the doubt to these scammers and abusers.

your claim that "no normal Rav would show up at the airport and at police interrogations unless he is trying to feign mental illness". OR, more likely, he showed up for interrogations to stay out of jail, as would any normal person anywhere in the world.

I would say that calling him "an ALLGED pervert" when you know nothing is absolutely loshon horah, but I don't have to add the word "alleged" when I call you an absolute idiot.

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 Jul 01, 2015 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

No. This so called "Tzadik" is an alleged pervert and child abuser. No normal Rav would show up at the airport and at police interrogations unless he is trying to feign mental illness. This guy should be returned to EY and put on trial. If found guilty, I hope he is put away for life. Enough with giving the benefit of the doubt to these scammers and abusers.

giving the benefit of the doubt to these scammers and abusers? Did you ever hear this thing called to Torah, or even civil law?

And how do you disrespectfully call the Rav an ALLEGED pervert and then hope he is put away for life? is it really enough for you that someone is ALLEGED to be guilty of a crime to put him away for life, or did you never hear of justice either?

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 Jul 01, 2015 at 05:59 PM yonasonw Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"No idea about the merits of the case but he should not go to court in tallis and tefillin unless he was in the middle of shacharis and was suddenly summoned."

Stop trying to cover up that we have molesters among us.

You missed emes01's point (#2), which I read as protesting the misuse of objects of kedushah...almost like like the so-called women of the wall wearing tallisim to the Knesset.

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 Jul 02, 2015 at 08:52 AM yonasonw Says:

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Anonymous Says:

giving the benefit of the doubt to these scammers and abusers? Did you ever hear this thing called to Torah, or even civil law?

And how do you disrespectfully call the Rav an ALLEGED pervert and then hope he is put away for life? is it really enough for you that someone is ALLEGED to be guilty of a crime to put him away for life, or did you never hear of justice either?

Have you kept up on this story. Legally you are technically correct...but get real.

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 Jul 02, 2015 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Have you kept up on this story. Legally you are technically correct...but get real.

but get real how? how do you convict a Rav, especially Rav Berland, for being only accused of siomething? how do you wish that he dies in prison? how do you group him with terrible criminals when he is not guilty of anything, at very least, whatever you believe, not yet guilty?

Why would a tzaddik like Rav Berland fall for these worthless sins of the flesh after leading the life of kedusha that he has? all of a sudden he has the need in his seventies to start attacking women?

I am not "legally", "technically" correct. I am correct, period.

I think you are the one who should get real. things are not what they appear very often.

question: a master diamond dealer after a long career is offered worthless, costume jewelry at a good price. do you think he is tempted or fooled into falling for this? Don't you know that Rav Berland knows far better than to do what he is being accused of? Why would someone like Rav Berland fall so far to do something like what you seem to think he did?

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