Thursday, June 05, 2008

Case of Rabbi Elior Chen - Did A Jewish Community Shelter A Sex Offending Rabbi?

The Awareness Center says:
This case is no different then many of the other cases The Awareness Center has dealt with over the last seven years. The only difference is that Haaretz has the guts to be direct and say that Interpol suspects a Jewish community sheltered an alleged sex offender.

The Awareness Center has worked on cases multiple cases in Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles including multiple other locations in New Jersey and New York (Lakewood, NJ; Williamsburg, Monsey, Flatbush, Boro Park) where Jewish community leaders attempted to cover up crimes. We have also and had the experience of advocating for the rights of survivors in various Jewish communities in Australia, South Africa, Canada and Israel where the rabbonim and other Jewish community leaders did and are currently doing every thing in their power to silence and shame survivors of sex crimes in order to protect and promote those who have perpetrated heinous sex crimes.

As we know, pedophillia has no religion, nor does the tradition to cover up any and all sex crimes. We have seen the same thing happen within the Catholic church -- it is exactly what the Vatican has done for years if not centuries with its abusive priests and nuns. We've also seen this happened when any political and or public figure was caught abusing children and unsuspecting adults. This is also what has been happening in both public and private schools when it was suspected that one of it's employees physically and or sexually victimized a child.

This tradition needs to end immediately.

Vicki Polin, Founder and CEO
The Awareness Center, Inc.
Interpol suspects Brazil Jewish community sheltered rabbi wanted for child abuse
Jonathan Lis and Paula Idoeta
June 5, 2008

SAO PAULO - Interpol suspects that the Jewish community in Sao Paulo hid an an ultra-Orthodox rabbi suspected of seriously abusing Jerusalem children, one of whom is in a vegetative state.

Local police arrested
Rabbi Elior Chen Wednesday on a street corner in the Bom Retiro neighborhood after conducting an extensive search through the Jewish neighborhood.

"Apparently he was being protected by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Sao Paulo, who supposedly didn't know about the accusations against him in Israel," said Menoti Barros de Oliveira, the Interpol sheriff in Sao Paulo. "He was found alone, in the street of Julio Conceicao, so we think he was already separated from his peers."

Chen is considered the spiritual leader of a Jerusalem sect that was found to have abused young children, two of whom, aged 3 and 4, were hospitalized in March in critical condition.

On Wednesday, Chen was reported to have turned himself over to the Brazilian police. Later in the day, however, Sao Paulo police informed their counterparts in Israel that he had not turned himself in, but was arrested.

Chen's lawyer Ariel Atari denied reports on Wednesday that Chen had been arrested and insisted he had turned himself in. "When Elior Chen arrived at the Sao Paulo police department in the morning, he threw police into great confusion. None of them expected him to turn himself in," Atari said.

"Israeli police did not ask the Brazilian police to carry out an extensive search for him," said Moti Edri, a police official in Jerusalem. "It was the Brazilian police's own initiative, undertaken due to a similar case of child abuse there recently."

Police sources say Chen's extradition is currently awaiting approval by the Brazilian Supreme Court. They expect him to be extradited to Israel within a few weeks. Chen had fled Israel to Canada with his wife and their four children three months ago after the arrest of a Jerusalem mother, who was apparently one of his disciples, on suspicion that she severely abused her eight children at Chen's bidding. The mother was indicted for allegedly burning her 3- and 4-year-old, making them eat feces and locking them in a suitcase for days at a time, among other charges.

When he arrived in Brazil, local authorities detained Chen's wife and children, yet he evaded arrest. Hoping to pressure Chen's wife into turning him in, Brazilian authorities removed the children from their mother's custody and placed them with a foster family for two days, after which they were returned to their mother.

Israel Police representatives went to Brazil to pursue Chen last week and an international warrant for his arrest was issued in April.

Brazilian Federal Police released a communique Wednesday to the Jewish community in Sao Paulo informing them of the serious offenses Chen allegedly committed. "Elior Noam Chen, also known as Eliyahu Abuhatzeira, frequented a synagogue in Bom Retiro and we're sure that Sao Paulo's Israeli community, upon learning of the torture cases, alerted the religious representatives of the city and prohibited the community to cover for the fugitive," the statement said.


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