Sunday, June 28, 2009

An Urgent Posting

Jameel has up an Urgent Posting regarding an alledged child abuser who fled Israel, first to Canada and then to Brazil, and a Dayan from Montreal who is raising funds for this escapee. He is urging action on everyone's part in protesting that the Dayan is using his position to circumvent established law while supporting someone whose actions, if proven in a court of law (and apparently the evidence is rock solid and damning), are so far beyond the pale that even labeling them inhuman does not say enough.

It does not take hours to send an email protesting the actions taken by this dayan. Such actions are not private to nor limited to one man in Montreal. They reflect on all of us. Klal is a world-wide group--we can't claim geographic distance and location as an excuse not to protest. This is the second time in two weeks that news has come out about a Rabbi recommending that an alledged felon escape to Brazil (the Bar Mitzvah celebration in jail in NYC celebrant also fled to Brazil). It is bad enough that one Chilul HaShem has already been committed. Will we stand by silently and let another and then another also be committed?

Kol Yisroel Areivim Zeh lozeh does not mean that we are to protect the evil men among us. Are our children not also worthy of our concern?

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1 comment:

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

kol hakavod -- thanks for posting.