Archive | October 25th, 2012

‘No reason’ to shoot Gaza fisherman, family says

Fahmi Abu Riash’s wife, son, brother and mother pictured at their home
in northern Gaza. (MaanImages/PCHR, HO)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The family of a 22-year-old fisherman killed by Israeli forces says soldiers had no reason to kill him.

Fahmi Abu Riash, father of a one-year-old son, was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers while fishing at the beach in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza in late September. His brother Youssef was shot and wounded.

Their mother, Mariam, told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that the family frequently fished in the area, and she usually accompanied them to make them lunch at the beach.

“We used to go to that same place all the time and the soldiers used to watch us. My whole family used to swim, cook and have fun there over the weekends. They knew who we were. I never let my sons go beyond the fence. I would never put my children in danger. It was normal to fish there and there had never been any threat, yet on that day they decided to shoot at my sons for no reason.”

Fahmi had been fishing since the age of 10. On Sept. 28, he was fishing meters from the shore in the northern Gaza Strip when Israeli soldiers entered the enclave and stationed themselves behind a hill at the beach before opening fire at fishermen.

“The majority of the fishermen were able to flee. However, two fishermen, who were located nearly 15 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, were unable to escape. According to fishermen present in the area, Israeli soldiers fired directly at the two fishermen, wounding them,” PCHR says.

Fahmi’s brother Youssef recounted the day to PCHR.

“I remember seeing about 10 soldiers standing on an elevated piece of land and there were many more mobilized behind them. I rushed to help Fahmi and started shouting for help from the other fishermen on the shore. I carried my brother, and then they shot at us again. They were firing from behind and I also got hit on my arms and legs. I carried Fahmi, and then walked about 30 meters before I fainted.”

Fahmi died in Kamal Adwan Hospital and Youssef sustained partial paralysis and needs surgery to remove shrapnel from his body.

Mariam says she has no hope for the future.

“My son was so close to my heart and they killed him. Everything was destroyed by his death. I was proud of how good he was at sports, such as volleyball, football and swimming. He always promised me that when he got enough money, he would take me to have surgery to correct a problem with my eyes. He had only been married for two years and he has left behind a 1-year-old son.

“This little child lost his father and he will never know how it feels to have one. Fahmi’s wife is still young, only 22. She stays at home mourning her husband. What does the future hold for her? All my hope in life is lost. I do not know how to move on without my son. In the past, we were a bit hopeful that everything would be okay but now we know that nothing is ever going to change.”

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UN: IsraHell forces killed 2,300 & injured 7,700 people in Gaza under blockade



Israeli forces have killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday.

Some 27 percent of the fatalities in Gaza were women and children, the UN agency said in a report highlighting the effects of Israel’s blockade.

The land, sea and air blockade of Gaza entered its sixth year on Thursday.

Under the blockade, exports have dropped to less than 3 percent of 2006 levels.

“The continued ban on the transfer of goods from Gaza to its traditional markets in the West Bank and Israel, along with the severe restrictions on access to agricultural land and fishing waters, prevents sustainable growth and perpetuates the high levels of unemployment,
food insecurity and aid dependency,” UNOCHA said.

Israel’s naval blockade has undermined the livelihood of 35,000 fishermen, and farmers have lost around 75,000 tons of produce each year due to Israeli restrictions along Gaza’s land border, it added.

Meanwhile, Israeli restrictions on imports have led to the growth of the smuggling trade. At least 172 Palestinians have been killed working in tunnels under Gaza’s border with Egypt, the report said.

Despite the risks, young men are still drawn to tunnel work in Gaza, where more than half the youth is unemployed and 44 percent of people are food insecure.

Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Thursday that the blockade was necessary because Gaza’s ruling party Hamas is a “terrorist organization.”

“All cargo going into Gaza must be checked because Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization,” Regev told Reuters in response to a petition by 50 aid groups, including six UN agencies, calling on Israel to lift the blockade.



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Concern Grows Among Iranians After US Debate Remarks


Iran was mentioned nearly 50 times during this week’s U.S. presidential debate, more than Afghanistan, Iraq and even China. The fact wasn’t lost on Iranians, many of whom watched the debate with interest and concern about the strained relations between the two countries.

Ali, an Iranian political activist, said he doesn’t feel good about what has been going on in the U.S. presidential season.

“I feel like [Iran] has replaced al-Qaeda in U.S. election campaigns,” said Ali, whose last name is withheld for safety reasons because of possible repercussions for speaking to the Voice of America. He said he thought the Iranian people have become the victims in the election.

Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate vying for the White House, called Iran “the greatest national security threat” facing the United States during Monday night’s debate in Florida. But he said “military action is the last resort,” only to be considered if “all of the other avenues … had been tried to their full extent.”

Incumbent Barack Obama underscored his administration’s goals, saying “as long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.” He added that his administration has built strong international coalitions to stymie Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

International sanctions

“We then organized the strongest coalition and the strongest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling their economy. Their currency has dropped 80 percent. Their oil production has plunged to the lowest level since they were fighting a war with Iraq 20 years ago. So their economy is in a shambles,” Obama said.

This statement bothered Ali.

“The fact that [U.S. President Barack] Obama happily talks about the effect of sanctions on the value of Iranian rial, is not good. Basically, they don’t care what happens to the Iranian people,” the activist said.

Romney said he’d “toughen” sanctions by forbidding ships with Iranian oil from coming to U.S. ports. He also said he’d take steps to further isolate the regime by indicting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad under the Genocide Convention because, Romney said, his “words amount to genocide incitation.” The former Massachusetts state governor said he’d make sure Iranian diplomats were “ treated like the pariah they are around the world.”

Hesam, a young Tehrani said that he thought “sanctions seem to be the only thing that have affected the regime a little bit.” But, he added, the measures have had a bad effect on people.

“Life has become much harder and people are generally unhappy,” he wrote on Facebook. “I think we are paying for our own and our government’s mistakes.”

Jalil, a journalist in Iran, said he sees little strategic difference between Obama and Romney’s positions toward Iran.

“Obama’s policies have been effective; the proof is Iran’s current economic conditions and the international coalition that Obama has created for sanctions against Iran,” he said. “But Romney doesn’t seem to have a coherent policy to confront Iran. Actually, he approved of Obama’s policies in this last debate.”

Green Movement

The U.S. presidential candidates also discussed Iran’s internal politics and the so-called Green Movement of 2009, when Iranians took to the streets to protest their own presidential election results. A deadly crackdown by Iranian forces cleared the streets.

Romney accused Obama of staying “silent” during the protests, which he said was “an enormous mistake.” Obama said he had been “very clear about the murderous activities” being “contrary to international law and everything that civilized people stand for.”

Mohsen, a PhD student in politics, said he thought Romney “tried to take advantage of the Green Movement” and added that there was never a request from inside Iran for the U.S. to take action.

“Nobody expected Obama to intervene,” he said on Facebook, adding Iranians just “wanted Obama to clarify his position on the opposition and the government. And that was exactly what Obama did.”

Omid Safi, an Iranian professor in the U.S., wrote on Facebook: “Had the U.S. been more vocal in favor of the Green Movement, it would have delegitimized the movement by being seen as U.S.-sponsored.”

Some Iranians think differently. Kamiar is one of them. He told VOA Iranian activists did not expect a U.S. intervention, but they wanted Obama to “be with them so they could celebrate the Iranian spring together.”

“Obama defended the Arab Spring, but he considered the Iranian Spring an internal issue,” Kamiar said.

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Iran’s Khamenei says U.S. and IsraHell seek to divide Muslims


Iran’s most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday accused the United States and Israel of fomenting divisions among Muslims to undermine “Islamic uprisings” across the Middle East.

“By exploiting inattention … corrupt American, NATO and Zionist agents are trying to divert the deluge-like movement of Muslim youth and bring them into confrontation with one another in the name of Islam,” he said in an annual message to Iranians who have gone to Saudi Arabia for the haj pilgrimage.

“They are trying to turn the jihad against colonialism and Zionism into blind terrorism in the streets … so that Muslims shed each other’s blood.”

Officials in Shi’ite Muslim Iran often describe the “Arab Spring” uprisings as an “Islamic Awakening”.

Some of those uprisings have brought Islamists to power, while others, notably in Syria and Bahrain, have pitted Sunnis against Shi’ites or Alawites, members of an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Iran has aligned itself with its regional ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah movement in what it calls an “axis of resistance” against Israel. At the same time it denies accusations from Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies that it is encouraging Shi’ite uprisings in their countries.

“The aggressive and interventionist arrogant powers are making every effort to divert the course of these significant Islamic movements,” Khamenei said, according to Iranian state television, urging Muslims to show solidarity.

He reiterated Iran’s opposition to outside intervention in Syria, saying only Syrians could decide their own future, and said other unspecified nations could also be engulfed by Syria’s turmoil.

On Wednesday, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said both the Syrian government and most opposition groups had agreed to the principle of a ceasefire during the three-day Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which starts on Friday.

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Rebel Catholic group expels Holocaust-denying bishop


Swiss-based Society of Saint Pius X says it has expelled British-born Richard Williamson because he disobeyed his superiors. Jewish group welcomes step, but says it is ‘too little, too late’


A rebel Catholic traditionalist group has expelled British-born Bishop Richard Williamson, who deeply embarrassed the Vatican by denying the Holocaust shortly before he was readmitted to the Church three years ago.

The Swiss-based Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), whose four bishops were excommunicated from 1988 to 2009, said on Wednesday it took the step because Williamson had disobeyed his superiors.

Williamson, 72, an opponent of recent SSPX efforts to win full reintegration into the Church, caused an international uproar with his ultra-hardline views broadcast only days before the Vatican lifted the bans on him and three other bishops.

His presence in the SSPX leadership appeared to be a hurdle to any accord with the Vatican. But negotiations have broken down in any case so his departure may have little effect on the group’s relations with Rome.

The statement said Williamson was excluded for “having distanced himself from the management and the government of the SSPX for several years and refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) welcomed the step but said it was “too little, too late” to restore credibility to the SSPX, which it said had done little to combat anti-Semites in its ranks who consider Jews “the embodiment of the anti-Christ.”

“This is a decision the SSPX leadership should have taken years ago,” WJC President Ronald Lauder said. “The reasons now given for Williamson’s dismissal do not mention the damage this man has caused by spreading invective against Jews and others.”

The Vatican declined to comment on the SSPX statement, which said Williamson was excluded by the group on October 4.

The SSPX opposes modernizing reforms decided by the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council. In his bid to end its schism, Pope Benedict has promoted the old Latin Mass the SSPX champions and lifted the excommunication bans on its bishops.

But talks aimed at creating a special status for the group within the Church have broken down because it has refused to accept the Council as legitimate, especially its recognition of other Christian denominations and Judaism as valid faiths.

Fined for publicly denying Holocaust
Williamson’s denial of Holocaust gas chambers in a television interview in January 2009, just before the excommunication bans were lifted, sparked a wave of criticism from Catholics and Jews.

Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the Vatican to distance itself from him. The Vatican ordered Williamson to recant his denial but he apologized only for any misunderstanding he had caused.

Soon after his interview, Argentina – where Williamson was head of an SSPX seminary at the time – asked him to leave the country and he returned to his native Britain.

A German court later fined Williamson for publicly denying the Holocaust took place, which is a crime in Germany.

The Williamson affair was also embarrassing because it showed how isolated the Vatican was in the Internet age.

In an unprecedented letter to Catholic bishops, Benedict admitted he did not know Williamson’s far-right wing views despite the fact the bishop had published them on the Internet.

The Vatican would use the Internet more in future, he said.

Since that uproar, Williamson has sent emails regularly to his followers criticizing the society’s efforts to reach an accord with the Vatican, despite an order by SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay to remain silent.

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African immigrant denied treatment by IsraHell gives birth to dead baby


Darfur immigrant suffers stillbirth after her pleas for medical attentions were denied.


An illegal migrant from Darfur has recently suffered a stillbirth, after her please for medical attention while in the Israeli Prison Service detention facility were denied, Ynet learned Wednesday.

Jisma Ibrahim, 20, a Darfur refugee who illegally entered Israel in early June with her husband Halil Mohammad, was seven months pregnant when she was detained by the IDF and sent to the Saharonim detention facility.

While in the facility, Jusma was reportedly denied gynecological treatments. Over a month after being detained, she was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center Beersheba, where she gave birth to a stillborn baby.

The IPS has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the case.

The Lod District Court held a hearing on Ibrahim’s refugee status on Wednesday. Judge Avraham Yaakov ordered her release, citing “special humanitarian circumstances.”

“I believe the country holds a moral obligation towards the appellant, considering the traumatic experience she went through while being held in an Israeli detention facility,” he said.

Her release was suspended for 48 hours in order to allow the State Prosecution to file an appeal over the ruling.

According to the appeal, Ibrahim’s husband, Halil was released from the Saharonim prison due to technical reasons, after authorities failed to deliver him to his arraignment on time.

While in Saharonim prison, Ibrahim claimed to have suffered severe stomach pains; however her plea to see a doctor was met only several weeks later. She said she was instructed to drink water and that she “has nothing to worry about.” Shortly afterwards she suffered a stillbirth.

An IPS statement said that Ibrahim was examined by a doctor two days after arriving in Saharonim and that she did not complain of any further medical problem until the day she was rushed to the hospital.

Despite the traumatic experience Ibrahim went through, the Interior Ministry’s Custody Court saw no reason to release her.

Ibrahim reportedly went into a deep depression and was transferred to Givon Prison. Authorities feared she would try to harm herself and placed her on suicide watch.

“Is this what Interior Minister Eli Yishai meant when he said he was going to make the lives of asylum seekers miserable?”
Attorney Yael Kats-Mastbaum, who represents the couple, asked.

“The IPS must investigate the reasons that led to this failure. Odds of these kinds of cases occurring again… are extremely high.” Kats-Mastbaum told Ynet.

“It’s unlikely that the IPS made due with a gynecological exam of a woman with an advanced pregnancy five weeks after the facility’s doctor recommended such an exam,” Anat Litvin from Physicians for Human Rights said.

“Unfortunately, we are aware of other case where asylum seekers fail to get the medical attention they need in Saharonim. In some cases – like this one – the results are tragic.”

The IPS offered the following comment: “Following this unfortunate incident – and prior to the questions raised in the article – the IPS launched and investigation of the event.

“The inquiry found that the inmate arrived in Saharonim in early June, eight months pregnant. Within two days she was seen by the facility’s doctors and according to his request, an appointment was made for her at the Soroka Maternity Ward for mid July.”

According to the IPS, “In early July, the woman was rushed to the hospital after complaining of pains, which were soon determined as labor. She then suffered a stillbirth.”

The prison service stressed that during the month prior to the incident, Ibrahim did not complain to anyone about her health.

“It is only now, three months after the event that we are hearing of these strange allegations, through the media, and as part of her hearing. We regret the couple’s loss, but there is no way the IPS could have prevented it.”

Population and Migration Authority spokeswoman Sabine Hadad told Ynet that “Contrary to the allegations, PMA follows the rulings made by the Custody Court. Ibrahim did not file any motion for release, on any grounds, until now.”

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Rabbi: Women mustn’t run for Knesset


One of most senior Religious Zionism rabbis, Shlomo Aviner, speaks out against women’s right to vote or be elected to Israeli parliament. Taking part in elections ‘is immodest and against Jewish Law,’ he tells students


Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of the most senior Religious Zionism leaders, has ruled that women must not run for Knesset according to Jewish Law, as it is “immodest.”

He added that women’s right to vote should also be banned, but that nowadays that could be overlooked.

“A woman must not serve as a Knesset member. It’s immodest,” the rabbi, head of the Ateret Yerushalayim Yeshiva, told his students during a lesson. “Exposure in public is against the Jewish perception of ‘All glorious is the princess within her chamber (Psalms 45:13).’”

Rabbi Aviner is considered one of the leaders of Religious Zionism’s conservative approach in, especially when it comes to women’s status in society. His remarks were published by the Kipa website.

In his lesson, the rabbi tried to base his ruling on the answers given by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, one of the forefathers of Religious Zionism.

“It’s not just about arriving at the voting station, placing the vote and going home. That’s fine,” the rabbi said, referring to women’s right to vote and be elected. “The problem is that there are events in which women must know who to vote for, and these are public events which are immodest and bring men and women together.”

MK Hotovely gets rabbi’s approval

Aviner explained the role of the Prophetess Deborah, who held a public position, as “a matter of life-saving… There was no other choice, so she went to war… She led because there was no one else.”

The rabbi’s remarks stirred a row in the religious public, particularly ahead of the primary elections in Habayit Hayehudi-New National Religious Party, where many women are competing for a spot on the Knesset list.

One of those women, Liora Minka, chairwoman of the Emunah movement, said in response that Rabbi Aviner’s comments were “further evidence of the standstill suffered by quite a few rabbis pretending to represent Religious Zionism. Their head is in the sky – or in that Jewish religious literature – while their legs have failed to reach the ground of reality.

“There is no wonder, therefore, that there is such a big gap – which is becoming wider and wider – between many parts of the population and the conservative, stagnated rabbinical establishment.

“It is very unfortunate for scholars,” she added, “who instead of promoting peace in the world, bring down a black curtain over reality and ‘pretend.’ Eventually, the world will continue revolving and improving and advancing – also thanks to talented women, who only add dignity and prestige to Judaism and Religious Zionism – while they will be forced to remain isolated, behind that curtain.”

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), a religious lawmaker, presents a letter she received from Rabbi Aviner, in which he clarified that he was only speaking about an ideal situation and gave her his approval to take part in her party’s primary elections.

The rabbi wrote in the letter that “ideally, from the Torah’s perspective, women should not be involved in politics.” He added, however, that “because there are parties which guarantee spots for women on their lists, the most suitable woman should be elected.”

Rabbi Aviner sparked another row in the past when he supported the decision to blur a picture of Ruti Fogel, who was brutally murdered in the settlement of Itamar along with her husband and three of their children, in a weekly bulleting published by the Meir Institute, explaining that it was “an act of respect.”

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Come back President Carter!

Vacuous void

Alan Hart comments on the lack of substance in the debate about foreign policy between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and laments that it was left to former President Jimmy Carter to speak the truth about the Palestine-Israel conflict.

The debate on 22 October between President Obama and challenger Romney was so lacking in real and relevant substance about foreign affairs that I had to struggle, several times, to resist the temptation to turn it off and go back to bed.

Romney’s message to America’s voters seemed to be something very like, “On foreign policy I’m not the ignorant, belligerent guy I had to pretend to be in order to secure my party’s nomination.”

Obama’s message seemed to be something like, “Just as his sums don’t add up on the domestic front, my opponent really doesn’t know what he’s talking about on foreign policy matters. As for myself, in a second term I’ll try to do better.” (And was there, reading between the lines, an indication that he thinks he is on course in a second term for fixing the nuclear problem with Iran by negotiations?)

Missing question

A question that would have been put to Obama by a really good moderator who understands how American actions are fuelling the fire of violent Islamic fundamentalism is this: “Mr. President, are you not concerned that the targeted assassinations by drones which you personally authorize are counter-productive because they are killing so many innocents, men, women and children?”

On Romney’s performance in general I thought the editorial in the New York Timeswas more or less spot on. Its verdict included the following:

Mitt Romney has nothing really coherent or substantive to say about domestic policy, but at least he can sound energetic and confident about it. On foreign policy, the subject of Monday night’s final presidential debate, he had little coherent to say and often sounded completely lost. That’s because he has no original ideas of substance on most world issues, including Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. During the debate, on issue after issue, Mr. Romney sounded as if he had read the boldfaced headings in a briefing book – or a freshman global history textbook – and had not gone much further than that. Twice during the first half-hour, he mentioned that Al Qaeda-affiliated groups were active in northern Mali. Was that in the morning’s briefing book?”  (I would be very surprised if Romney knows where Mali is).

The editorial concluded: “Mr Romney’s closing statement summed it all up. He said almost nothing about foreign policy. He moved back to his comfort zone: cheerfully delivered disinformation about domestic policy.”

Carter speaks the truth

The truth telling about the most critical and dangerous problem in the Middle East and arguably the whole world (the Israel-Palestine conflict) was left to former President Carter.

Carter dared to say, in Israel, that there could be no doubt that Prime Minister Netanyahu was not interested in a two-state solution. And he described the situation as “worse now than it’s ever been for the Palestinians” because of the expanding settlements and lack of prospects for change.

While Obama and Romney were making their final preparations for their final debate, Carter was in Israel. (He was there with the former prime minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, on behalf of the Elders, a group of ten of the “great and good” convened by Nelson Mandela in 2007. It seeks to promote human rights and world peace by, “speaking difficult truths and tackling taboos.”)

Carter dared to say, in Israel, that there could be no doubt that Prime Minister Netanyahu was not interested in a two-state solution. And he described the situation as “worse now than it’s ever been for the Palestinians” because of the expanding settlements and lack of prospects for change. He described himself as “grieved, disgusted and angry,” because the two-state solution “is in its death throes.” That, he added, was “a tragic new development that the world is kind of ignoring.”

I presume he meant the world of leaders not peoples; and by obvious implication President Obama was, in Carter’s view, among those who were ignoring what was happening in Israel-Palestine. He said, “The U.S. government policy the last two to three years has basically been a rapid withdrawal from any kind of controversy.” He added: “Every president has been a very powerful factor here in advocating this two-state solution. That is now not apparent.”

What a tragedy it is that American presidents can only speak the truth when they are out of office.

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An Oldie But a Goodie-Brooklyn child-molest monster ‘got away with it’ after fleeing to IsraHell


EVIL ON THE LOOSE: Avrohom Mondrowitz strolls in Jerusalem last month, scot-free after fleeing the United States in 1984 ahead of multiple child-molestation charges. Israel says he’s protected from extradition.

Here is Avrohom Mondrowitz, New York’s most notorious child molester — living scot-free in Israel.

Called the “Bin Laden of pedophiles” by one victim, the bogus rabbi and self-proclaimed psychologist fled the United States in 1984 just before cops broke into his Borough Park, Brooklyn, home with a search warrant. They found a cache of kiddie porn and lists of hundreds of names of local boys, most referred to Mondrowitz by Jewish families and child-service agencies for counseling and his yeshiva-style program.

“He was known in the insular community as the go-to therapist, child mentor,” said an outspoken victim, Mark Weiss, whose parents sent him to Mondrowitz at age 13. “He had a certain knack with kids.”

EVIL ON THE LOOSE: Avrohom Mondrowitz strolls in Jerusalem last month, scot-free after fleeing the United States in 1984 ahead of multiple child-molestation charges. Israel says he’s protected from extradition.


Weiss says Mondrowitz treated him to restaurants and amusement parks, then took him into bed during a week’s stay in his home. When Weiss, at age 18, finally told his parents and a rabbi about the sexual abuse, “They let it die. Any such story was quashed and buried.”

But years later the NYPD finally caught up with Mondrowitz after getting anonymous complaints. He was indicted in 1985 on charges of sexual abuse and sodomy against four Italian-American boys, ages 11 to 16, who lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Detectives also found many Orthodox Jewish boys who sobbed as they told of horrific sexual assaults by a man they trusted, but their families wouldn’t let them press charges. Community pressure to keep shameful allegations secret continues to shield child molesters today, advocates and law-enforcement authorities say.

“He got away with it,” said a spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes.

The Post last week spotted Mondrowitz, 64, cloaked in religious garb, in Nachlaot, a hip, Greenwich Village-type neighborhood in central Jerusalem near his apartment on Yizreel Street. He wears a façade of piety and respectability, even leading prayer services at a local synagogue. But documents show he has indulged his penchant for child porn and continued to seek contact with troubled kids.

Mondrowitz has paraded his fake degrees and credentials in Israel, seeking work as an educator and shrink.. In a 2006 document, first exposed by Jewish Week, Mondrowitz — who puts a Ph.D after his name — evaluated a 15-year-old boy, noting the “hormonal and physical changes in his body.” He discussed the boy’s sexual experimentation, including “pleasurable self-stimulation.”

“If you meet him, he sounds very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly,” said a neighbor who learned about Mondrowitz from an American friend. “Some people know about his past. I think some people brush it off , like he’s done his repentance.”

Mondrowitz “davens,” or prays, at the Munkatch synagogue. “He’s a regular there,” the neighbor said. “The rabbi was approached by one of my friends, but they weren’t going to do anything about him. He’s welcome to come.”

Another resident yelled, “All the allegations are lies! I know the person and his family very well. He is a good Jew. He is clean.”

Multiple e-mails copied from his computer and turned over to the FBI show that Mondrowitz trolled child-porn Web sites, buying access to titles such as ErectXboys, SchoolBoys, Boy Heaven and Boys Lagoon.

The United States sought his extradition from Israel in 1985. but the treaty between the countries did not cover his alleged crimes. In 1993, Hynes’ office dropped the deportation effort. In 2007, the treaty was changed, and Mondrowitz became extraditable. A search of his home in Israel found four child-porn films. He was arrested and jailed.

But in 2010, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Mondrowitz was grandfathered and exempt from the revised treaty. He was freed for good.

Weiss, now 45, a married father of three in Highland Park, N.J, is one of dozens of Mondrowitz’s known Jewish victims, advocates say. He and others came forward too late to press charges because of the statute of limitations on sex-abuse claims. Some abused drugs and committed suicide to escape the pain, he said..

“It totally stinks to know that this guy has escaped justice and is entitled to live a stable life smack in the middle of a Jewish community that ought to know better. It’s a failure of an entire society that is paralyzed to take action action, Weiss said.

“I believe he will one day answer to his maker — and that time is coming.”

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