Australia

Rabbi: child victims ‘agree’ to sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, June 27, 2013

A senior Chabad rabbi in America has publicly apologised after Australian media published recordings of him suggesting child sex abuse victims may have consented to molestation.

Rabbi Baruch Lesches, a former head of the rabbinical college at Chabad’s headquarters in Sydney from the mid-1980s, said on Monday he had deep “regret” about the incident.

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Charities to raise cash for Arab healthcare

By Dan Goldberg, May 31, 2013

Hundreds of critically ill Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza will have access to improved healthcare under a landmark collaboration between a Jewish and Christian organisation in Australia.

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Man convicted for sexual assault

By Dan Goldberg, May 23, 2013

An Australian man who sexually assaulted an elderly Holocaust survivor in 1991 has been jailed for between three and five years. Robert Webb, 39, was arrested and charged in 2011, but has only now been convicted by a Sydney court. He could be released within a year given the time he has already served.

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Prisoner X ‘scuppered Mossad plan’

By Dan Goldberg, May 9, 2013

Ben Zygier, the Australian-born Mossad agent known as Prisoner X, unwittingly scuppered an operation to repatriate the bodies of three Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon for three decades, according to an ABC report.

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Australian man accused of sex assault

By Dan Goldberg, May 2, 2013

Another Australian man has been charged with sexually assaulting a Jewish girl from an Orthodox school in Melbourne in the 1980s.

Donald Cornell, a bus driver for the Orthodox Adass Israel School and the Lubavitch-run Yeshivah Centre in the 1980s, was charged with six counts of indecent assault last month.

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Suicide Mossad man leaked to Hizbollah

By Dan Goldberg, March 28, 2013

An Australian-Israeli who worked as a Mossad agent before hanging himself in a Tel Aviv prison unwittingly caused the arrest of two Hizbollah supporters who had been spying for Israel, according to Der Spiegel.

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Brooklyn sex text rabbi caught out in police sting

By Anna Sheinman and Dan Goldberg, February 21, 2013

A 59-year-old Brooklyn rabbi has been arrested in a police sting operation in which he allegedly attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl with whom he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages.

Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowich had in fact been sending messages to an undercover policeman, and he has now been charged with crimes including attempted rape, the New York Daily News reported.

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‘Dual loyalty’ charge over Prisoner X

By Dan Goldberg and Anshell Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The explosive revelations surrounding the apparent suicide of a Melbourne-born man in a maximum-security Israeli jail has gripped Australian Jewry since Ben Zygier was identified last week as the elusive “Prisoner X” by an ABC investigation.

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Protest against Nazi Germany delivered 74 years late

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

A petition against the Nazis’ “cruel treatment” of the Jews has finally been delivered to the German consulate in Australia – 74 years after it was meant to be presented.

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Australian teacher faces child abuse charges

By JC Reporter, December 6, 2012

A former teacher at an Orthodox Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne has been extradited from America to face child sex abuse charges.

David Kramer, 52, was surrendered by US authorities late last week, arrested and charged with 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecent acts with a child under the age of 16.

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