Jerusalem - Israeli Child Safety Agency: Don’t Allow Israel To Become A Safe Haven For American Child Abusers
Jerusalem - A recent lawsuit that had a convicted pedophile suing a Monsey rabbi for slander prompted an Israeli child advocacy group to call on the government to bar convicted sexual offenders from immigrating to Israel.
Yitzhak Kadman, head of the Israel National Council for the Child, an independent agency that advocates for the rights of children, sent a letter to the country’s Minister of the Interior urging him to deny visas to those who pose a danger to the public, as reported by The Times of Israel.
Kadman’s letter comes on the heels of a lawsuit brought by recent immigrant Yona Weinberg against child safety activist Rabbi Yakov Horowitz. As previously reported on VIN News, Weinberg moved from Flatbush to Har Nof last year, prompting Rabbi Horowitz to tweet warnings to residents, advising them that their new neighbor was a registered level three sexual offender and should be considered a danger to their children.
Weinberg sued Rabbi Horowitz for defamation and while an Israeli judge found in his favor, the 200,000 NIS judgment has since been set aside.
“This incident again raises our concerns (which we already brought to the attention of your predecessor) regarding the question of pre-screening before awarding citizenship or residency status,” Kadman wrote in his letter to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom. “Israel cannot and must not be a safe haven for sex offenders.”
While Israel’s Law of Return automatically grants Israeli citizenship to all Jews, the Interior Ministry has the power to exclude anyone who is deemed to pose a threat to the general population. The Interior Ministry confirmed that the citizenship of any convicted criminal would require further examination.
Weinberg, who together with his family is currently in the process of becoming a naturalized Israeli citizen, is not the first convicted American pedophile to seek Israeli citizenship. Avrohom Mondrowitz fled to Israel in 1984 after being accused of molesting as many as 300 boys in Brooklyn and was later indicted in absentia on 14 counts of sexual abuse.
After early attempts to extradite Mondrowitz failed, further extradition attempts were dropped in 1993, and Mondrowitz was granted Israeli citizenship three years later.
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