By Jonathan Lis and Paula Idoeta, Haaretz Correspondents
SAO PAULO - Interpol suspects that the Jewish community in Sao Paulo hid an an ultra-Orthodox rabbi suspected of seriously abusing Jerusalem children, one of whom is in a vegetative state.
Local police arrested Rabbi Elior Chen Wednesday on a street corner in the Bom Retiro neighborhood after conducting an extensive search through the Jewish neighborhood.
"Apparently he was being protected by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Sao Paulo, who supposedly didn't know about the accusations against him in Israel," said Menoti Barros de Oliveira, the Interpol sheriff in Sao Paulo. "He was found alone, in the street of Julio Conceicao, so we think he was already separated from his peers."
Chen is considered the spiritual leader of a Jerusalem sect that was found to have abused young children, two of whom, aged 3 and 4, were hospitalized in March in critical condition.
On Wednesday, Chen was reported to have turned himself over to the Brazilian police. Later in the day, however, Sao Paulo police informed their counterparts in Israel that he had not turned himself in, but was arrested.
Chen's lawyer Ariel Atari denied reports on Wednesday that Chen had been arrested and insisted he had turned himself in. "When Elior Chen arrived at the Sao Paulo police department in the morning, he threw police into great confusion. None of them expected him to turn himself in," Atari said.
"Israeli police did not ask the Brazilian police to carry out an extensive search for him," said Moti Edri, a police official in Jerusalem. "It was the Brazilian police's own initiative, undertaken due to a similar case of child abuse there recently."
Police sources say Chen's extradition is currently awaiting approval by the Brazilian Supreme Court. They expect him to be extradited to Israel within a few weeks. Chen had fled Israel to Canada with his wife and their four children three months ago after the arrest of a Jerusalem mother, who was apparently one of his disciples, on suspicion that she severely abused her eight children at Chen's bidding. The mother was indicted for allegedly burning her 3- and 4-year-old, making them eat feces and locking them in a suitcase for days at a time, among other charges.
When he arrived in Brazil, local authorities detained Chen's wife and children, yet he evaded arrest. Hoping to pressure Chen's wife into turning him in, Brazilian authorities removed the children from their mother's custody and placed them with a foster family for two days, after which they were returned to their mother.
Israel Police representatives went to Brazil to pursue Chen last week and an international warrant for his arrest was issued in April.
Brazilian Federal Police released a communique Wednesday to the Jewish community in Sao Paulo informing them of the serious offenses Chen allegedly committed. "Elior Noam Chen, also known as Eliyahu Abuhatzeira, frequented a synagogue in Bom Retiro and we're sure that Sao Paulo's Israeli community, upon learning of the torture cases, alerted the religious representatives of the city and prohibited the community to cover for the fugitive," the statement said.
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Speaking of the crazy lunatic Hasidim such as Elior Chen, one may be tempted to the throw the Netuei Karta pitiful screwballs into the mix of crackpots and scumbags (in Bill Clinton speech).
They were crashing the Israeli Day Parade, standing with Palestinian flags raised high, eyes closed at times, mumbling to themselves, shouting the same words over and over - 'Israel is a Zionist state' to anyone who cared to give them the attention they craved. Every once in a while they'd go to their bags and take a drink from Poland spring water bottles. A few sympathetic anti-Israel news media outlets came to interview them. The police were working on maintaining order. The perimeter was barricaded and separated from the rest to protect them from being harmed. A few Pro-Israel hecklers threw some Israeli paraphernalia at the Netuei Karta Dreks. The Dreks would proceed to destroy that item and seemingly get it out of the environment.
The best were the Jewish children who marched and showed support, some putting on quite a show and shutting up these dreks. The many Non-Jewish marchers who came to show support was so incredible and a big kidush hashem. Many colored people were there showing their love for the state of Israel as well. It was a total unification of people from all diverse backgrounds and faiths. It was quite a scene to behold.
All in all a very successful 60th birthday!
No Good Samaritans in Hartford
A 78-year-old man is paralyzed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Hartford, Connecticut. A surveillance tape showed that pedestrians walked by without aiding him. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s4zAh3-HEE&eurl=http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idarticle=15427=======================================================================================
"State of Israel" and made (and still make) a point of publicly demonstrating
their position, the position of the Torah and authentic unadulterated Judaism....The Neturei Karta regret that the Zionist state has usurped the holy name of Israel and that the Zionists so often pretend to speak in the name of the Jewish people and assume the right to act on our behalf. Only those rabbis who have not been affected or influenced by the poison of Zionism, can be considered the spiritual leaders of today's Jewry. The world must know that the Zionists have illegitimately seized the name
Israel and have no right to speak in the name of the Jewish people! (more) (less)