No home for Malka

March 12, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The rabbi who was approved by the Petah Tikvah court to provide his home for home detention for alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer has withdrawn his offer.

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Yitzhak Dovid Grossman

The 54-yr-old Leifer is battling extradition from Israel to Australia where she is facing 74 charges of child sexual abuse never found refuge in Rabbi Yitzhak Dovid Grossman’s home as the prosecution won an appeal resulting in Leifer continuing being detained in a psychiatric facility as the court waits for further assessments. Police arrested her following an undercover operation evidencing her feigning her mental problems.

She fled Australia in 2008 before charges who could be laid.

Rabbi Yitzhak Dovid Grossman issued a statement saying: “Last night, I notified the courts that I am completely withdrawing my involvement in the case of Malka Leifer, and my recommendation that she be placed under house arrest with my supervision.

Malka Leifer released from handcuffs
Photo: AAP

For more than fifty years I have devoted myself to helping thousands of children who have been abandoned, orphaned or abused as well as those living in the forgotten margins of Israeli society. In addition, I have gone into the prisons to help those who need to be reached out to. My focus and the focus of Migdal Ohr will always be to help and heal Israeli society.

At times, I have been called upon by the courts and the Government to act as impartial mediator when no other alternative exists. This was the case with this last request. In these difficult and highly charged situations, I have had to find a balance between my life’s goals for Migdal Ohr and the needs of Israeli society.

I am very sensitive to the pain and plight of children and adults who are abused, as I see it every day in my work at Migdal Ohr. It is regretful that the current turmoil has in any way called into question that mission and dedication.”

Child sexual abuse advocate Manny Waks commented: “While Rabbi Grossman has finally agreed to withdraw his involvement from the Leifer case, he is yet to  publicly apologise to her alleged victims for compounding their pain and suffering as a direct result of his words and actions. He is also yet to publicly apologise to the Jewish community for bringing it into disrepute. Once he takes full and unequivocal responsibility for what he has done, we expect him to undergo an education process regarding the issue of child sexual abuse, so that he will be better placed to address such cases in the future.”

Survivor Dassi Erlich who has taken the Leifer case to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and has visited Israel meeting with media and Knesset members, added: “Rabbi Grossman’s retraction is proof that together we can create a culture that is morally accountable. We are glad he has withdrawn his support but feel the pain he caused was not recognised with an apology. Rabbi Grossman is in a position to foster significant change in Israel. We would welcome a discussion with him in how he can further encourage and support victims who speak up.”


2 Responses to “No home for Malka”
  1. ben gershon says:

    did his actions threaten his donations ?


  2. Adrian Jackson says:

    I have watched this Rabbi on the TV news and he seemed out of his depth on the Liefer issue.

    My impression was that his “sect” must be protected, including the alleged pedophile.

    We admire the female victims (survivors) and Manny Waks too who were pressured for years to keep quiet but to no avail.

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