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Israel Becoming ‘Safe Haven for Paedophiles’ With Laws That Allow Any Jews to Legally Return, Activists Claim

Libel court proceedings began in Jerusalem last week. PHOTO: David Silverman/Getty

Jewish Community Watch says 32 paedophiles moved from countries around the world to Israel over past decade

By Peter Walker | 1 December 2016

INDEPENDENT — Activists fear Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles thanks to the country’s unique Law of Return for the world’s Jewish people.

A Jewish person from anywhere across the globe can be fast-tracked for citizenship in Israel, as well as their spouse, children and grandchildren.

An 1954 amendment to the law bans “a person with a criminal past, likely to endanger public welfare” but campaigners say sex abusers are slipping through the net.

 “Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles due to the unique opportunity available to all Jews from anywhere in the world to immigrate there,” said child abuse survivor Manny Waks, founder of child sex abuse advocacy group Kol V’Oz, speaking to The Independent.

“This provides a relatively efficient and effective way to evade justice from other countries. It also provides a sanctuary to those who have already been convicted.

“It’s important to note that while there are some criminal background checks as part of the immigration process, there are multiple ways to overcome this requirement – for example, convicted Jewish paedophiles may enter and remain in Israel as tourists indefinitely.” […]

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