Malka Leifer, 74 Counts of Sexual Assault and 6 Years of Extradition Battles While Israel Harbored an Alleged Abuser

Malka Leifer set to return to Australia as Israeli minister signs extradition order

Malka Leifer is led from the court by a police woman.
Malka Leifer this week lost an appeal at Israel’s Supreme Court.(ABC News: Sophie McNeill)

Israel’s Justice Minister said he has signed an extradition order to send former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer back to Australia to face 74 charges of sexual abuse.

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said that after a years-long legal saga, it was Israel’s “moral responsibility” to extradite Ms Leifer.

Mr Nissenkorn signed the order a day after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected what appears to be Ms Leifer’s final appeal.

Ms Leifer, an Israeli citizen, is accused of abusing three sisters during her time as headmistress of the Adass Israel School between 2001 and 2008.

She allegedly fled Australia for Israel in 2008 when she learned the women were planning to file a complaint with police.

Australia lodged an extradition request for Ms Leifer in 2014, but the case has been repeatedly delayed.

In January, a panel of psychiatrists concluded the 54-year-old was faking her mental illness to avoid extradition, which led to the finding in Israel’s District Court.

Ms Leifer maintains her innocence and the six-year legal battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.

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SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY, Associate Principal Arrested and Fired

An associate principal in SAR Academy's middle school has been arrested for exploitation of a child and child pornography, and has been fired, according to published reports.

An associate principal in SAR Academy’s middle school has been arrested for exploitation of a child and child pornography, and has been fired, according to published reports.
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SAR Academy associate principal arrested, fired

Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy has fired an associate principal it says was arrested over the weekend for charges that involve pornography production and “inappropriate photos.”

The arrest involves Jonathan Skolnick, an associate principal at SAR’s middle school, who was focused on Judaic studies. The news was shared with parents of SAR Academy students late Monday, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by principal Binyamin Krauss. Skolnick had been at the school for a little more than a year.

“It is shocking to know that someone who we have trusted with our children has been accused of harming them,” Rabbi Krauss wrote to parents, according to JTA. “Despite the practices in place to protect our children, we are not immune to breaches such as the one that seems to have taken place at SAR.”

Papers filed Saturday in federal court appear to charge Skolnick with coercion and enticement, receipt and distribution of child pornography, sexual exploitation of children, and conducting such practices across state lines.

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ADDITIONAL NEWS COVERAGE:

The Daily News

Bronx Jewish academy teacher charged with child porn, extortion for eliciting dirty pictures of 14-year-old boy

The Jerusalem Post

NY JEWISH DAY SCHOOL ADMIN ARRESTED FOR ‘PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Administrator at NY Jewish day school arrested for ‘production of child pornography’