Sisters Who Accuse Australian Principal of Sexual Assault Herald Her Arrest in Israel as ‘Important Breakthrough’


February 13, 2018

By Dina Kraft

After investigation, Israel Police alleges the ultra-orthodox school principal has pretended to be mentally ill to avoid extradition

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The three sisters from Australia who came to Israel four months ago to fight for the extradition of the woman they accuse of sexually abusing them for years said they were elated by news of her arrest here Monday. They call it an “important breakthrough in our long journey to get justice.”

The former headmistress of the ultra-Orthodox Melbourne girls school the three attended was arrested Monday by Israel Police, who suggested that she had been faking a mental health condition to avoid extradition to Australia, where she faces 74 counts of indecent assault and rape. An Israeli citizen, she fled here in March 2008, allegedly with the help of some members of the religious community that ran the school, just hours after allegations against her first surfaced.

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