An ultra-Orthodox man – alleged to be a pedophile who fled New York in 1985
hours before being served an arrest warrant on numerous charges of child
molestation and now living openly in Jerusalem – was attacked by an enraged
vigilante in the capital, a video shows.
The accused pedophile, Avrohom
Mondrowitz, 66, of Nahlaot, reportedly claims to be a PhD in clinical children’s
psychology, as well as a rabbi.
However, according to 2007 records from
the New York Police Department, his credentials are fraudulent.
footage, released by The Algemeiner news site on Monday, captures Mondrowitz
being accosted by an unknown man last week after he was identified as a child
molester by the cameraman.
According to The Algemeiner, the video was
recorded by a 22-year-old American studying in Jerusalem, who identified himself
as “Isaac” and requested his last name not be published.
digitally altered his voice in the approximately two-minute clip to maintain his
He told the website that he recognized Mondrowitz from a New
article published last year, and after calling out his name,
Mondrowitz stopped and acknowledged it was indeed him.
The video shows
Mondrowitz walking in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood as Isaac follows him at a
Shortly thereafter, Isaac says: “They call you Osama bin
Laden,” referring to the Post
article, in which one of his alleged victims
described Mondrowitz as the “bin Laden of pedophiles.”
silent, ignoring Isaac, and continues to walk ahead, at which time Isaac becomes
more aggressive, yelling out: “Monster! Molester! Rapist! Rapist!”
At this point
in the footage, an unknown man runs up to Mondrowitz, takes off his black hat
and proceeds to beat him with it several times before walking away.
a concerned bystander asks in Hebrew why Mondrowitz is being attacked, Isaac
responds: “He’s a rapist. He raped 100 children in New York.”
“How do you
know?” the bystander asks.
“How do I know?” Isaac responds. “Go to the
New York Post
. Look at the New York Post
“Are you sure about that?”
asks the bystander.
“The man is a rapist. He raped over 100 children in
New York, and probably still here also.”
“How do you know?” asks another
bystander who witnessed the assault.
“Look in the newspaper,” says Isaac.
“He’s charged with child molestation.”
“Are you sure?” she
“Why are you hitting him?” At this point, the man who initially
attacked Mondrowitz runs up to him again and throws him to the
“Are you sure about this?” the second bystander
“Rapist! The guy’s a rapist from New York. The guy’s a rapist
from New York – they tried to extradite him. This guy has raped over 100
children in New York.”
“Call the police or something,” says the first
“Over 100 children,” Isaac replies. “This guy still lives with
children here – he still works with children.”
A diminutive and
meek-looking Mondrowitz then picks himself up and walks away as the video
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Tuesday afternoon that no
complaint regarding the incident was filed, adding that the Justice Ministry is
responsible for all extradition cases.
Mondrowitz was born in Tel Aviv in
1947 and later moved with his family to Chicago, then to Brooklyn in the late
He subsequently presented himself to Orthodox educational
institutions as a rabbi and clinical psychologist and worked as a child
psychologist in the mixed Jewish-Italian Borough Park
Later, he opened a yeshiva for children with behavioral
In 1985, a New York State court charged Mondrowitz with eight
counts of child abuse in the first degree, endangering the welfare of a child
and five counts of sodomy in the first degree.
Mondrowitz and his family
fled to Israel 12 hours before the warrant was issued for his arrest, records
At the time of the indictment, sodomy of boys was not an
extraditable crime, since it was not defined as “rape” under Israeli law.
However, in 1988, the Knesset changed that law, apparently clearing the way for
In 1993, Brooklyn district attorney Charles
Hynes dropped the deportation effort, but in 2007 the extradition was reinstated
after a search of Mondrowitz’s home in Jerusalem uncovered four
child-pornography films, leading to his arrest.
Despite the compelling
evidence, in 2010 Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Mondrowitz was exempt from the
reinstated extradition order and allowed him to go free, records
Upon submitting the video to The Algemeiner, Isaac defended his
incitement, the news source reported.
“It’s really upsetting to see this
man living freely and openly in this community of Nahlaot, a tight-knit
neighborhood – with children everywhere,” said Isaac. “And apparently he goes to
a synagogue, where people need to know who he is and what he’s
“It’s just outrageous that someone wanted for these crimes in the
US – accused of raping and sodomizing hundreds of kids – has the opportunity to
offend again, to commit these heinous acts here in Israel.”
himself as a “non-confrontational kind of person,” Isaac said he felt compelled
“I couldn’t just do nothing – I couldn’t just continue
walking,” he said. “Someone has to do something. I had to speak
Isaac said he hoped that by releasing the video, residents of the
densely populated neighborhood will be able to easily identify
“His neighbors deserve to know the truth about this evil man
– this pedophile – living in their midst,” Isaac said.