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Pedophiles and politics: Why is an alleged child rapist still in Israel?
Israel’s failure to treat allegations of sexual child abuse seriously – exemplified by its handling of the Malka Leifer case – is taking a heavy toll on relations with Australia’s Jewish community and bilateral relations with Canberra.
Five years after she was arrested in the West Bank, and 11 years after she fled to Israel, the former principal of a prestigious ultra-Orthodox school for girls in Melbourne is still fighting her extradition back to Australia, where she faces 74 charges of sexually assaulting students during her time at the Adass Israel school.
Her argument that she is psychologically unfit to stand trial has been helped – allegedly – by interference from Israel’s deputy health minister, who is now facing corruption charges, and the country’s shambolic court system.
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