web analytics
October 1, 2014 / 7 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Haredi Establishment: Channel 4 Exposé a Lie

London’s Haredi establishment’s reaction to a Channel 4 exposé that aired on Wednesday night was that it’s a slur on their community to suggest it failed to tackle child abuse properly, reports the Jewish Chronicle’s Simon Rocker.

The news show “Dispatches” secretly taped the leader of Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, instructing a man not to go to the police to complain about child abuse he had suffered in Stamford Hill. Rabbi Padwa warned the man that such a complaint would constitute “messira” – informing on a fellow Jew to the gentile authorities.

A Channel 4 spokesman said the show “exposes how the strictly Orthodox community’s approach to child protection can leave children at risk and shield abusers from justice.”

Although “Dispatches” did not actually make the case that child abuse was more prevalent in the Haredi community than elsewhere, the spokesman pointed out that some Haredi rabbis “forbid or discourage alleged victims from going to the police.”

A spokesman for Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, speaking ahead of the broadcast, said the community did all it could to protect its children from “these unspeakable crimes. We may once have thought that our community was immune from such matters. But we now know that we are not.”

He said that the Union has been working closely “with the local authorities and, where appropriate, the police, and we have robust procedures in place within all our schools. Sadly, the local authority has dealt with a number of cases together with us; some have been reported and some — unproven — have not been.”

“Dispatches” interviewed an anonymous Haredi rabbi who was critical of the rabbinate’s record of dealing with sex abuse, describing how a family was driven out of their community after reporting that their child had been sexually abused in a synagogue.

The anonymous rabbi stated: “The police felt there was enough evidence to take out the perpetrator from the middle of the Stamford Hill community in handcuffs. And this is disgraceful, a scandal… most of the community knew about it that night and whoever didn’t, knew about it in synagogue the next morning.”

He said that a short while later, someone “banged on the door” of the family that complained. “The first thing that man said was: ‘Do you know that the whole London community has not slept the whole night because of what you did? And I myself will go and get social services to take away your children.’

“The harassment escalated into cars that would gun their motors and zoom up next to the family if they were out on the street. The synagogues told them, ‘You’re not welcome here any more.’ They would be cursed and spat at in the street and called ‘informer.’ So it becomes hopeless to them and ultimately they leave the country. There’s no question that we do not have the ability to police and deal with perverts, deviants, child molesters. We can’t; it’s above the pay grade of the rabbis.”

About the Author: JewishPress.com brings you the latest in Jewish news from around the world. Stay up to date by following up on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have something noteworthy to report? Submit your news story to us here.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Haredi Establishment: Channel 4 Exposé a Lie”

  1. The civil law in most Western countries is that all cases where someone believes abuse has occurred must be reported. Then it is up to the police to investigate if they are true or unfounded.

    In this case it is clear that this is not just a case of suspicion as it is a first person victim that wanted to report.

    Instead of complaining about media exposure, everyone should oppose criminal interference with the duty to report.

  2. The civil law in most Western countries is that all cases where someone believes abuse has occurred must be reported. Then it is up to the police to investigate if they are true or unfounded.

    In this case it is clear that this is not just a case of suspicion as it is a first person victim that wanted to report.

    Instead of complaining about media exposure, everyone should oppose criminal interference with the duty to report.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Abu Usamah Somali, thought to be Farah Mohammed Shirdon of Calgary, Alberta in Canada.
Canadian ISIS Fighter Threatens to Behead Netanyahu [video]
Latest News Stories
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Netanyahu had a lot to say to Ban, but there is no indication if anyone listened.

Kaparos Man with son

A Hareidi man performs the Kaparos ceremony for his son, in Beitar. The ritual, which some consider controversial, is performed before Yom Kippur, as part of the repentance process. A chicken is gently raised and waved over the head of a family member or yourself. The person performing the ritual says the following statement (or […]

The Port of Long Beach

BDS failed to #StoptheBoat at the Port of Long Beach. The ZIM Shanghai unloaded / reloaded and sailed on without a hitch.

‘Jews Against Genocide’ pervert the Ice Bucket Challenge into a “blood bucket” attack on the IDF.

An Israeli was lightly injured in a Arab drive-by attack near Ofra.

To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted murderer of a Philly cop, was chosen as college commencement speaker.

Israeli transportation and tourism employees will carry out a work slowdown on Wednesday in solidarity with striking postal workers.

Wartime makes the strangest bedfellows. Iran and the United States are both equipping the Lebanese army to protect the country against ISIS.

Afek Oil and Gas has been blocked from drilling for oil on the Golan Heights, at least for now.

A 30-year-old man is listed in serious condition after setting himself afire at the Savion Junction in central Israel on Tuesday.

A Muslim football player was penalized in Kansas City for offering a quick prayerful gesture of thanks after scoring a touchdown for his team.

The Zim Shanghai moored a short while ago at the Port of Los Angeles.

The blatantly hostile state department press corps belittled and mischaracterized Netanyahu’s UN speech.

Children help clean up Ashkelon in an event organized by the Jewish National Fund, as part of Clean up the World Day, on Sept. 29, 2014.

More Articles from Jewish Press News Briefs
The Port of Long Beach

BDS failed to #StoptheBoat at the Port of Long Beach. The ZIM Shanghai unloaded / reloaded and sailed on without a hitch.

An Israeli was lightly injured in a Arab drive-by attack near Ofra.

To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

Israeli transportation and tourism employees will carry out a work slowdown on Wednesday in solidarity with striking postal workers.

A 30-year-old man is listed in serious condition after setting himself afire at the Savion Junction in central Israel on Tuesday.

The Zim Shanghai moored a short while ago at the Port of Los Angeles.

Children were rushed to bomb shelters in the Jerusalem neighborhood when Arabs began throwing explosives at the neighborhood and at Jewish toddlers playing near their nursery schools.

ZIM may not call on the Port of Oakland again, certainly not until the ILWU 10 has a contract and guarantees to unload ZIM ships. Other shipping companies wary of the port’s unreliability may also consider the same.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/haredi-establishment-channel-4-expose-a-lie/2013/02/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: