New South Whales Police.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)
New South Wales police are investigating accusations of abuse from dating from
the 1970s and 1980s, allegedly committed by two people who are affiliated a
local Jewish school, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Thursday.
story broke down under just as local papers reported that Israel's mysterious
prisoner-X was himself a member of the local Jewish community.
to the Australian Jewish News, while there have been cases of abuse investigated
in Melbourne, this is the first time that such an investigation has occurred in
The Jewish newspaper noted that while in previous years Jewish
leaders had covered up abuse, in one case sending a Rabbi to Israel when
accused, Australian Jewish leaders have now come forward in “unequivocally
The Sydney Yeshiva Center issued a statement saying
that "Australian rabbinical bodies, including the Sydney and Melbourne Beth Din
(rabbinical courts), have ruled that incidents of child abuse should be reported
to law enforcement authorities and Yeshiva stands firmly by those rulings.
Yeshiva stands ready to work together with the relevant law enforcement
authorities and professional support services."
In a statement to the Jerusalem
on Thursday, Manny Waks, who heads the Australian abuse victim advocacy
Tzedek, said that he was "delighted at the courage displayed by a number of
victims/survivors in stepping out of their comfort zone by confronting their
past experiences." "While this development is a very positive step for the
Jewish community in addressing the rampant abuse and cover-ups that seems to
have taken place over many years and in various locations, we still have a long
way to go," Waks said in response to the Yeshiva's statement.
forward to working with the Sydney Yeshiva Centre and other stakeholders in
order to obtain justice for past wrongs and to ensure the safety of our