Jewish Community Watch says 32 paedophiles moved from countries around the world to Israel over past decade
Activists fear Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles thanks to the country’s unique Law of Return for the world’s Jewish people.
A Jewish person from anywhere across the globe can be fast-tracked for citizenship in Israel, as well as their spouse, children and grandchildren.
An 1954 amendment to the law bans “a person with a criminal past, likely to endanger public welfare” but campaigners say sex abusers are slipping through the net.
“Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles due to the unique opportunity available to all Jews from anywhere in the world to immigrate there,” said child abuse survivor Manny Waks, founder of child sex abuse advocacy group Kol V’Oz, speaking to The Independent.
“This provides a relatively efficient and effective way to evade justice from other countries. It also provides a sanctuary to those who have already been convicted.
”It’s important to note that while there are some criminal background checks as part of the immigration process, there are multiple ways to overcome this requirement – for example, convicted Jewish paedophiles may enter and remain in Israel as tourists indefinitely.“
Jewish Community Watch says that 32 paedophiles in their database have moved from countries around the world to Israel over the past decade.
It says 12 Jewish paedophiles, from across the globe, have moved to countries other than Israel.
“Education of this issue in the Haredi world is lacking. There are serious shortfalls,” Mr Waks, from Melbourne, told the Times of Israel. “They bring teachers in and out of yeshivas without doing checks.
“The Israeli government needs to look at this issue to address it, because it is an injustice to the victims and a danger to Israeli children.”