girl in class 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
THE HAGUE, the Netherlands— Dutch police asked Israel for help
investigating the actions of a Tel Aviv teacher suspected of molesting pupils at
a Jewish school near Amsterdam.
The man, identified only as Ephraim S.,
immigrated last year to Israel after being fired from his job as a teacher at
the Cheider school in Buitenveldert near Amsterdam, De Telegraaf reported on
Friday. The Orthodox school has 200 pupils aged two to 18.
De Telegraaf reporter Iris Cohen, the suspect, who is in his 20s, was fired from
the school for “inappropriate conduct” but currently gives private lessons in
The paper reported that a number of families and pupils filed
complaints with the police against the teacher, including a 16-year-old who said
he had “sexual contact” with the suspect. The man left the Netherlands for
Israel after the complaints were filed but before authorities had issued an
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, Holland’s chief interprovincial
rabbi and a member of the school’s board, said the school, which also sought
charges against the teacher, went by the book as soon as the allegations
“From the second the first complaint came in, we consulted the
lawbook and did everything in accordance to it so nothing gets swept under the
carpet here,” he told JTA.
The suspect worked for about a year as a
teacher for the primary school, he added. Jacobs told De Telegraaf that the case
“aroused panic in some teachers, who are now afraid their children have also
De Telegraaf contacted the suspect through his attorney,
who declined to comment on the allegations. Jacobs said the man had denied the
allegations when they first surfaced.
There is no indication yet whether
the Netherlands will seek the man’s extradition.