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Rabbi who cut Children, What if he Were Muslim?

Rabbi Elior Noam Chen

A Rabbi has been accused by Israeli officials of burning and cutting toddlers as part of a purification ritual. These stories are ugly and cast a dark shadow on adherents of faith, but one clearly notices how this case is being treated as a lone wolf acting out of a misguided direction. The case is rightly being cast as an aberration and does not impugn all of Judaism as the source of this Rabbi’s criminality. One has to ask though, that well worn question: “what if he were Muslim?”

A self-appointed rabbi accused by Israeli officials of burning and cutting toddlers as part of a purification ritual will be extradited from Brazil, an official said Thursday.

Elior Noam Chen will be picked up Oct. 27 in Brasilia by two Israeli agents, a Brazilian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the case.

An Israeli embassy official also confirmed that extradition was imminent for Chen.

Chen and several of his followers allegedly used knives, hammers and other instruments to abuse children as young as 3 and 4 years old in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit in February and March 2008.

Chen allegedly hit the children in the head and face and burned their hands. One child sustained permanent brain damage and is in a vegetative state, according to Israeli officials.

In Israel, Chen faces charges of child abuse, violence against minors and
conspiracy.

Brazilian police arrested Chen in Sao Paulo in June 2008 after a 45-day
manhunt. Police have not said how or when he and his family arrived in the South American country.

He fought extradition and his case was heard last May by Brazil’s Supreme
Court, which found there was cause for Chen to stand trial for allegedly
subjecting eight children to intense physical and mental suffering because they were supposedly possessed by the devil.

An appeal to the court was rejected last month.

His extradition had to be formalized by Brazil’s Justice and Foreign
Ministries, and final approval had to be given by Brazil’s President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva

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  • shakib

    @(F)reak

    one nut case among 1.5 mil jews (is that what you think the jewish population is in the world) is not the point, the point is so what? 10% or 1% is also not the case, it is a case of mere statistics. infact considering the nut cases in IDF at least those who came out voluntarily with the horrible stories of how they cracked the palestinian babies under their boots (those you call the self-hating jews) indicates that your theoretical base is an academic ‘bullshit’.

  • Goldberg

    This story hardly got the attention it deserves in the American media.

  • James

    “only 10% of muslims are extremists”

    Are you kidding me? It’s A LOT less than that. Muslim terrorists are << 1% of the total Muslim population.

  • Phreak

    So one sick nut out of 15,000,000 Jews means… what? The problem is when you have 100,000,000 sick nuts (the famous “only 10% of muslims are extremists” number bandied about by various media/muslim organizations)…

  • hdatsu_47

    If he were Muslim, do you really think all of Islam would be blamed?
    I don’t think so.
    Many people will say this is related to Judaism but many will see that it’s not the case.

  • Mn

    Yes. What if he were muslim? Well the bigotry filled haters would meticulously point at Islam. I’m going to send this to robert spencer.

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