Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Court rejects pedophile’s lawsuit against rabbi who likened him to a terrorist

The Jerusalem District Court has rejected a NIS 200,000 ($62,300) libel suit filed by a convicted pedophile against a rabbi who had warned Israelis to treat him like a “terrorist with a machete.”

Judge Michal Hirschfeld ruled that the statement by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, an anti-abuse activist from Monsey, New York, regarding the convicted pedophile, Yona Weinberg — who immigrated to Israel from the United States — was true and included an opinion expressed in good faith. The ruling was issued last month and was made public on Tuesday.

However, the court ordered Horowitz to pay a minimal sum of NIS 3,000 ($935) over two other statements alleging that Weinberg is a fugitive and that he had given kids sweets that don’t have a kosher certificate. Horowitz was also ordered to pay a similar sum for Weinberg’s expenses and half his court costs. 

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