חשיפה: הרב משה פטרון מהתנחלות בית אל חשוד במעשים מגונים והטרדות מיניות
UPDATE: An Israeli relative of Moshe Patron has written to warn me that there is an Israeli gag order against naming him. He directs me to remove this post. Apparently, he doesn’t realize that Israeli gag orders don’t apply in America (though they do if you’re Twitter and you censor tweets exposing the name of Israeli sex crime suspects). Yet another reason why press freedom in Israel falls far short of western democratic values.
In yet another example of Israel as a state which abuses privacy in order to protect sex offenders, an Israeli judge gagged reporting on a case in which an Israeli settler rabbi allegedly traveled to a woman’s home in the Beit El settlement, stood outside and masturbated. Afterward, he attempted to break into her home. The story was originally reported in Sheldon Adelson’s NRG (the same article has not yet been removed from this site). The article mentioned that the rabbi had weeks earlier attempted twice to attack the same victim. During that instance he arrived masked and wearing gloves. After attempting to call her numerous times using a masked phone number, he attempted to break into the home. After this failed, he left the premises. It wasn’t clear whether this was the same victim or a different woman.
In the most recent attack, he again called her repeatedly and then arrived at her home masked. After performing the sex act and attempting to break into the home, he was captured and handed over to police. They suspect that he has engaged in similar behavior in the past (involving different victims).
A court ordered the report removed (i.e. censored) in order to protect the so-called privacy of the accused. His name is Rabbi Moshe Patron. He too lives in Beit El and is a father of six children. He was one of the founders of the local yeshiva, Bnai Akiva Mateh Binyamin which has removed his name from its website (cached original webpage and current version). Up until two years ago, he also taught in the women’s college at the Bar Ilan University. The school’s website has wiped any trace of him off the site including his biography and photograph.
Some Beit El residents are publicly demanding that he leave the community. Other women remain unconvinced of his guilt and stand by him as a member of a “good family.” He has been released from police custody after his arrest on February 6th.
This is the same settlement which incoming Trump ambassador David Friedman supports financially. Jared Kushner has also donated in support of the community.