Malka Leifer and Extradition

There is zero tolerance for the Leifers of this world. There is great sympathy for those who have suffered under the hands of the Leifers of this world. Who would not like to see each Leifer prosecuted in a fair trial? I have blogged exasperatingly about Leifer and the situation which led up to her perpetrating and leaving, from day one.

Notwithstanding all the above, is it reasonable to imply that the Israeli Court System and its Judges are in any way inferior to the Australian Court System?  Can one rule that Israeli psychiatrists are in any way less able to make an informed judgement on Leifer’s state of mind and ability to take part in a fair trial than Australian psychiatrists? Is not any nuanced comment that ultimately reflects negatively on the Israeli judicial or medical system misplaced, and when stated by someone who was not a victim, offensive?

It is very important, for many reasons, that Leifer stand trial as soon as possible. The decision rendering her unfit, should be revisited regularly without an expiry date. Reading about ‘pressure’ on Israel over this issue leaves me with a bad taste. This is not a decision of Government. There is no Charedi judiciary, and the psychiatrists are not (all) Charedi either (seemingly).

As horrible as it is for victims and more, the pursuit must not be given up, but the notion of “applying pressure” needs to be retired. Is it really proper for Dan Andrews, a Premier of Victoria to pressure Israel? Is it right that Malcolm Turnbull or Mark Dreyfus make guarded comments?

We have full faith in the Israeli Judiciary and Medical Fraternity and look forward to Leifer facing the music, sooner than later.  Politics has no place in this domain, and should be rejected.

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

7 thoughts on “Malka Leifer and Extradition”

  1. Instead of petitioning the Australian Goverment we can however contact Mr Mark Sofer, the Embassador of Israel to Australia. Email details can be found by googling Mr Mark Sofer Embassador.


    1. Steve, I appreciate this takes it off the front pages. I don’t want to hush this up. Each year, I think the nature of any approaches to Mr Sofer though should be about re-examining her state. Again, it shouldn’t remotely smell like we don’t respect and honour Israeli systems and professionals. I’m guessing you probably agree?


    1. I haven’t read your justification Mr Hirshman, but I know the issue at hand. I suggest your view is incorrect. You know nothing of the systems in Australia let alone to be able to compare them to facilities in Israel. Mrs Laufer will have glatt kosher, visits from Charedim, ability to keep kosher and Shabbos and Yom Tovim etc and no doubt if convicted she can be isolated.


        1. I read and it’s really sad. Let me remind you of a simply Halacha that disturbs your ‘them’ and ‘us’ thesis. Go and study the Tshuvos about females who are displaying more tzniyus than what is required by Halacha. Eg, girls wearing a head covering. Guess what. You have to adopt GOYISHE tzniyus. QED.


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