Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Why should Israeli court extradite Australian sex abuse suspect despite alleged mental illness?

An extradition request is — again — rejected, now for another month. Why? Beats me.

Australia recognizes that people who are not aware of what is going on cannot be tried in court. Then why could an Australian fugitive be blocked from extradition from Israel on the ground of mental illness?

That the Israeli police found that she’s faking illness and a psychiatric evaluation that she’s fit to stand trial is then even immaterial, no?

If she was fit enough to fly (flee) to Israel, she must be fit enough to be returned.

It makes even less sense that the political leader of Australia lobbied his Israeli counterpart for her extradition. The Israel’s – and Australian – judiciary is (supposed to be) independent. What is a politician supposed to meddle here?

I hope they will put her on a plane to Down Under soon, because, hey, let’s look at the facts (for a change): many alleged victims of hers are awaiting due process in Australia. If this lady didn’t do it, who did?

Unfortunately, now some famous but ignorant rabbi has convinced the judge that the lady can move on to house arrest (from where she will escape again – she’s not crazy). One  needs to read the experts to understand anything. Let’s hope the appeal against that will prevail.

I hope that her lawyer’s attempts will be rejected soon as frivolous. He’s just making fun of the law. Suspects have rights; but not a right to make a mockery out of decent law. And the interests of victims should play a role too. Let’s hope this was just a hiccup followed by justice being served.

See this recent excellent blog post for much background and basic information.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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