Extradition of US Jew wanted for sexual attacks approved

An Israeli court on Sunday approved extradition to the US of an American Jew wanted on suspicion of multiple sexual attacks two decades ago, the Justice Ministry said. Abraham Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic Jewish sect, was arrested in Jerusalem in November for allegedly abusing dozens of children at his unlicensed private clinic at his Brooklyn, New York home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985 as police were investigating charges against him. Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen said the Jerusalem District Court approved the extradition order, but Mondrowitz has the right to appeal. Court spokeswoman Tal Rosner said the state would make the final decision about whether to extradite Mondrowitz, who could appeal to the Supreme Court against Sunday's ruling.