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PostSubject: Australian Newspapers are Antisemitic   Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:38 pm

Senior Austrailian Chabad Rabbi Opposed Public Reporting Of Child Sex Abuse Allegations In Major "Anti-Semitic" Newspaper

Rabbi Sholom Mendel Kluwgant When child sex abuse allegations against Chabad were first published in The Age, a top Australian newspaper, Rabbi Sholom Mendel Kluwgant opposed the publication of the report because The Age – arguably the top paper in the country – is "anti semitic" and "relishes any news that can damage the Jewish people."

Above: Rabbi Sholom Mendel Kluwgant

Manny Waks, a founder of the Austrailian anti-child-sex-abuse advocacy group Tzedek and victim of child sex abuse at Chabad's flagship institution in Melbourne, Australia, writes:

I've recently been sent the material below, which was part of two emails sent by senior Yeshivah Centre official Rabbi Sholom Mendel Kluwgant. Rabbi Kluwgant is also the brother-in-law of former Melbourne Yeshivah College Principal (and current Chair of the Yeshivah Centre’s Spiritual Committee) Rabbi Avrohom Glick and Yeshivah Centre General Manager Ms Nechama Bendet. He is also the father of Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, who holds various senior leadership positions within the Orthodox community. The emails were sent on 12 and 14 July, only days after my story was published in The Age (8 July 2011).

He has a mother who is also his sister, but we'll leave that part out.

   Manny Waks has all the right to demand justice for the appalling things that happened to him, however, going to the well known anti semitic paper that relishes any news that can damage the Jewish people is not justified.

   No other paper took up his story, and I suspect that the AJN [Australian Jewish News] is being hassled by a member of the family to put it all to print.

   He can go to a Din Torah [Jewish Court], and demand that police be involved to bring the perpertrators to justice.
   Under the circumstances he would have gotten a lot of support.

   People here in crown heights have been questioning Waks' motives for going public to the press. They have also questioned his qualification as a leader in the local Jewish community, and they are wondering if this is a publicity stunt.

So only days after a victim of repeated sexual abuse by two Melbourne Yeshivah Centre paedophiles finally musters the courage to disclose his abuse publicly - after seeking redress through the police and the Yeshivah leadership - one of the most senior current Yeshivah officials:

1. Slams the victim for sharing their story with an "antisemitic" publication, which also happens to be one of Australia's most respected newspapers.
2. Falsely asserts that (a) no other publication wanted to take up the victim's story, and (b) the AJN is being hassled by a family member to pursue this matter.
3. Expects the (secular) victim to participate in a Jewish Court process.
4. Makes it clear that the victim does not have their community's support because the victim reluctantly shared their story with the media.
5. Questions the victim's motives for sharing their story with the media.
6. Questions the victim's qualifications as a Jewish leader - despite the victim holding numerous senior leadership positions since 2006.
7. Accuses the victim of sharing his very personal story as part of some publicity stunt.

And Rabbi Kluwgant is considered a moderate.

Make no mistake about it, many in that community hold similar views. They just haven't put it in writing.

This is what we are dealing with.

~ Jews dont believe their media is jewish enough. This looks somewhat promising but it also looks like someones getting whacked. It damages the jewish people why? When Jews commit crimes it is damaging to all Jews to report it? Thats exactly right because its common practice and Vicky Polin was the only Jew willing to admit it to this day.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Newspapers are Antisemitic   Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:28 pm

Senior Orthodox rabbis resign in wake of Australia’s sex abuse probe

February 16, 2015 6:21am

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Three senior Orthodox rabbis have resigned in the wake of Australia’s Royal Commission into the child sex abuse scandal at two Chabad institutions.

On Monday, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, president of the Organization of Rabbis of Australasia, stepped down from several posts after a text message was revealed during the commission’s hearings last week in which he accused one of the whistleblowers of being a “lunatic” who is “killing us.”

Rabbi Avrohom Glick, the principal of Yeshivah College in Melbourne when two convicted pedophiles were perpetrating their attacks in the 1980s and 1990s, resigned from his college duties last week. However, he remains on the spiritual committee of the Yeshiva Center.

Rabbi Yosef Feldman, a director of Sydney’s Yeshivah, also resigned from several posts last week following a slew of controversial comments he made at the Royal Commission, including an admission that he did not know in 2002 that it was illegal for an adult to touch a child’s genitals. His position as rabbi of a synagogue in Sydney remains under scrutiny.

The Royal Commission spent the last two weeks probing how rabbis and senior officials responded to the child sex abuse scandal at both Chabad institutions. Three Orthodox men were convicted of crimes, with two receiving jail terms. The third, who now lives in the United States, received a suspended sentence.

“We are appalled and deeply pained to learn of the allegations against individuals associated with some of the Chabad institutions in Australia,” said a statement Monday from the educational arm of Chabad in New York.

“The information that has emerged is utterly disturbing, a profound violation of the non-negotiable principles implicit – and explicit – in any and every situation where the wellbeing of a child is entrusted to the care of an educational institution.”

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