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Israel Is Not a City of Refuge

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On Tuesday morning, the Jerusalem District Court will hold a decisive hearing in a case that has cast a heavy shadow over Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism), while bringing to an unprecedented nadir Israel’s relations with Australia’s government and its Jewish community. Senior psychiatrists are expected to testify as to whether Malka Leifer — who fled Australia for Israel after being charged with the rape and sexual assault of students at the ultra-Orthodox school in Melbourne where she was the principal — is mentally fit for extradition to Australia in order to stand trial.

Leifer escaped to Israel in 2008, after learning that three sisters, former students at the school, went to senior staff members with their accusations and described events they said took place on school premises. Australian........

© Haaretz