One Man’s Battle Against the Petah Tikva Religious Council

Rabbi Shimon Biton says he’s a whistle-blower, fighting corruption, but he’s been accused of offenses similar to the ones he battled.

Rabbi Shimon Biton sits in a top-floor apartment on Sprinzak Street in the city of Petah Tikva, surrounded by mountains of documents and waiting for the justice he says he deserves. His distress is palpable as he pulls out affidavits, transcripts, petitions to the High Court of Justice, responses and counter-responses. At this point even he tends to lose his way in the piles.