The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) welcomes the Israeli District Court’s momentous decision this week that Malka Leifer is mentally fit to face extradition proceedings. Leifer has been charged in Victoria with 74 counts of child abuse.
Leifer, the former principal of Melbourne’s Adass Israel school, fled to Israel in 2008 after allegations were made against her. Protracted legal proceedings and evasion of an extradition hearing based on Leifer’s mental state has so far denied her accusers access to justice and closure of their painful experiences.
This decision marks an important milestone in the case against Leifer. We hope that the judicial proceedings against her continue without any further unnecessary delays. NCJWA Vic has proudly supported Dassi Erlich in her campaign to #bringleiferback and urge that Leifer be extradited to Australia to face the charges against her as a matter of urgency.