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Statement on Israel High Court rejection of Leifer appeal

15 December 2020

The Zionist Federation of Australia and Zionism Victoria welcome the decision of Israel’s High Court to reject Malka Leifer’s appeal against her extradition.

ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “The arc of history has proven painfully long, but it did bend irresistibly toward justice. What has strengthened the arm of the survivors of Leifer’s alleged abuse – indeed, all survivors of sexual abuse – is the simple principle that those credibly accused of such heinous crimes must face their accusers in court. Dassi, Nicole and Elly have been incredibly strong through these many years. Their ordeal is not yet over, but we have come one giant step forward. Finally, it is time to bring Leifer back.”

Mr Leibler continued, “Although the final outcome is just, the delays and Leifer’s manipulation of the Israeli legal system have been completely unacceptable. The survivors of the abuse should never have had to wait this long.”

Zionism Victoria President Yossi Goldfarb said, “Leifer’s legal team insultingly attempted to cast aspersions on the Victorian judicial system. The Victorian Jewish community has never had any doubt about the ability of Victoria’s courts to try Leifer fairly, and we are pleased Israel’s High Court justices recognised this as the furphy it was.”

The Zionist Federation of Australia and Zionism Victoria welcome Israeli Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn’s announcement that he would sign the extradition order as soon as possible.