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Victoria - Extradite Former Principal Back To Australia, Alleged Molestation Victim Asks Israel

Published on: June 18, 2017 10:36 AM
By: JTA
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Victoria – A Jewish woman who said she had been molested repeatedly by her former principal called on Israel to extradite the education professional back to their native Australia.

Dassi Erlich, a 29-year-old mother of one who said that her alleged molestation by Malka Leifer had left her emotionally scarred, made the plea Sunday during a speech before approximately 200 participants of Melbourne’s Limmud conference of Jewish learning.

Leifer, who left Australia for Israel in 2008 shortly after molestation accusations against her surfaced, has skipped several extradition hearings in Israel because she had committed herself into psychiatric institutions for short periods, coinciding with her court dates. Leifer is wanted for questioning in Australia in connection with 74 charges of molestation, including rape, of several teenage girls, the ABC broadcaster reported.

In 2015, Erlich received one of the largest sexual abuse damage payouts in Australia’s history with the Victorian Supreme Court ordering the Adass Israel School pay her more than $750,000 for its failure to prevent the systemic abuse suffered by Erlich since she was 15. During her speech, Erlich said she had witnessed Leifer molest another girl, but “said nothing.”

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If Leifer “is mentally ill, then she should get treated until she is well enough to be put on trial in Australia,” Erlich said. “It is unfathomable that, in 2017, the justice system of a Western country is being manipulated in such a way,” Erlich added about Israel.

Earlier this month, the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand expressed similar concerns, saying in a statement that it is “deeply concerned with the outcome of the court hearings in Israel regarding Mrs Leifer’s extradition proceedings and will be voicing its concerns to the Israeli Minister of Justice.”

Leifer, who is living in Israel with no restrictions on her freedom, in May was photographed participating in a Lag Ba’Omer religious celebration in Israel’s north, in what Erlich said was proof that any psychiatric complications affecting Leifer are not preventing her from leading what appears to be a normal life.

Leifer’s lawyers, who have denied any wrongdoing by their client, downplayed the significance of the photos, claiming they prove little about her mental health.

Approached by ABC last month, Israeli justice officials said they are looking into the case.

The Leifer affair comes on the heels of similar scandals in two other Haredi Orthodox Jewish schools or boys in Australia, one in Sydney and another in Melbourne.

A government committee of inquiry in 2016 found evidence of reluctance to address the problem in both institutions, and issued a set of directives for the prevention of such cases.

“As the Royal Commission has made clear, child sexual abuse was allowed to continue because of actions and inaction by some rabbis and community leaders. Victims were not always believed or supported, adding to the trauma,” the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand said about those cases.



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 Jun 18, 2017 at 10:57 AM Esther Says:

This systemic protecting of child moleters seeking asylum in Eretz Yisroel is a tremendous busha to us all. Leifer,Monderitz and the rest must be deported and face justice and their victims!

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 Jun 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

This complex, horrible situation has been dealt with bu the authorities, except for one major detail. The criminal proceedings against the perpetrator. And anyone caught protecting her may count on serious consequences - at the very least, in the Beis Din shel Maaloh. This perpetrator is one of the most despicable molesters of the recent several years that this problem has been exposed. I have personal knowledge of a few cases. She needs to spend the rest of her life behind bars, and the public needs to know that another serial killer is removed from our midst.

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 Jun 18, 2017 at 02:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Esther Says:

This systemic protecting of child moleters seeking asylum in Eretz Yisroel is a tremendous busha to us all. Leifer,Monderitz and the rest must be deported and face justice and their victims!

Of course you are right, but there are lot of anomalies in justice in Israel... not just in legal matters but also concerning the elderly, the disabled & the destitute. However, there are incredible protections for animals & Muslims... some may say they are one & the same. I am dealing with a situation right now that beggars belief.

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 Jun 18, 2017 at 11:07 PM Normal Says:

Israel is the Orei Miklot for the world where all the filth of the world can escape to and live safely and happily with the kind permission of the Israeli government. Absolutely disgusting.

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