Israel police to probe intercourse abuse claims in opposition to rescue chief

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Sunday stated they had been opening an investigation into sexual abuse allegations in opposition to the previous head of Israel’s famend ZAKA rescue service.

Police stated the elite Lahav 433 unit, liable for investigating main crimes and corruption, would deal with the case involving Yehuda Meshi-Zahav.

Meshi-Zahav has been a well known determine in Israel for many years. ZAKA grew to become internationally identified within the Nineties when it responded to a wave of assaults by Palestinian militants, by serving to first responders and cleansing up human stays in keeping with Jewish legislation.

As the pinnacle of the ultra-Orthodox group, Meshi-Zahav was broadly seen as a bridge between Israel’s spiritual and secular Jewish communities. Early this month, he was awarded the Israel Prize, the nation’s highest honor, for lifetime achievement.

However on Friday, Meshi-Zahav stepped down from ZAKA and relinquished his prestigious prize after the Israeli newspaper Haaretz stated it had interviewed six accusers and obtained proof of sexual assault and exploitation going again a long time. The instances allegedly included youngsters and youthful kids.

Meshi-Zahav has denied the allegations, however on Sunday extra accusers got here ahead with tales of alleged abuse by him.

One man, recognized solely by his first preliminary “D,” instructed Channel 13 TV that he was abused by Meshi-Zahav for 3 years starting when he was 11. Now in his mid-20s, he stated he had been assaulted “dozens, if not a whole lot” of instances and that it was well-known there have been different victims.

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