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April 14, 2011

FBI Busts Israeli Rabbi For Allegedly Groping Woman On Airplane

Rabbi Gavriel Bidany  1 About 90 minutes into the 12-hour flight, Rabbi Gavriel Bidany allegedly reached over to the sleeping woman seated next to him and “placed his hand under her blanket, on her groin, and was groping her genital area.” When the victim, identified only as “Jane Doe” in the complaint, “jumped back,” Bidany “quickly removed his hand from her groin.”

 

FBI Busts Rabbi For In-Flight Groping
Feds: Unorthodox behavior came on flight from Tel Aviv to New York
Airplane Passenger
The Smoking Gun

APRIL 14--An Israeli rabbi flying to New York from Tel Aviv allegedly twice fondled a female passenger as she slept, and when the woman angrily confronted him, he claimed, “It’s a mistake, I’m asleep,” according to federal court records.

Rabbi Gavriel Bidany, 47, was named earlier this month in a criminal information charging him with misdemeanor assault. A complaint sworn by FBI Agent Janet Ambrisco provides a detailed account of the March 27 incident on Delta Airlines Flight 269.

About 90 minutes into the 12-hour flight, Bidany allegedly reached over to the sleeping woman seated next to him and “placed his hand under her blanket, on her groin, and was groping her genital area.” When the victim, identified only as “Jane Doe” in the complaint, “jumped back,” Bidany “quickly removed his hand from her groin.”

The woman told the FBI that she then “pulled her blanket back over her head and body.” But minutes later, Bidany allegedly again “reached under the passenger’s blanket, this time groping the passenger’s breasts.”

“What are you doing, stop touching me,” she told Bidany. He replied, “It’s a mistake, I’m asleep,” according to Ambrisco. The female passenger “then left her seat to advise the flight crew of the incident.” Delta personnel confirmed to the FBI that the passenger had reported the inappropriate touching to them, and one crew member described the woman as “visibly shaken and frantic.”

Saul Bienenfeld, Bidany’s lawyer, declined today to discuss the case against his client, but said that the rabbi “asserts his total innocence” and contends that the alleged sexual contact “never occurred.”

Following his arrest, Bidany posted $250,000 bond and was ordered to surrender his passport and limit his travels to the New York City metropolitan area. At his April 5 arraignment, the Orthodox rabbi sought permission to return to Israel, though that request was denied by a magistrate judge.

In a subsequent motion, Bienenfeld asked for his client’s curfew to be relaxed since during the Passover holiday he “needs to be in synagogue past 9 PM” and “wishes to see more of those individuals who seek advice in communities that are not near the area that he is sleeping.” At the time, Bidany was staying at a residence on Long Island.

Bidany’s bail package was further modified yesterday, when a judge agreed to allow him to travel to Israel from April 14 to May 1. In a motion, Bienenfeld said that his client wanted to return to Israel “for the Passover holiday,” and had also recently learned that his father is “gravely ill.” Bidany’s bond was increased to $500,000 by Magistrate Judge James Orenstein.

The rabbi’s trial is scheduled for May 4.

The complaint against Rabbi Bidany is posted at the bottom of this post.

[Hat Tip: Lumpy Rutherford.]

Update 4-16-11 10:13 pm – Rabbi Bidany's attorney sent me the following statement:

April 15, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gavriel Bidany has plead Not Guilty to the outrageous charges that have been brought against him. After being denied by the Delta crew to change his seat so as not to be seated next to a women, he covered his entire body with a blanket so that he would not come into any contact with the women seated next to him, even accidentally. Three hours before landing he awoke to screams coming from the women seated next to him who accused him of touching her. He said, “You are mistaken, I am sleeping”. At no time did he say “it was a mistake”. This is a mis translation by the only Delta employee onboard who spoke Hebrew. At no time did Bidany ever touch the women who was seated next to him. Gavriel Bidany looks forward to the opportunity to have a full and complete trial and anticipates an acquittal after all of the facts are revealed. Saul Bienenfeld

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just kuz the dude is called Rabbi, doesnt mean he really is one-everyone is a "Rabbi" in Israel.

I think you just created a great opening for YL to do a takeoff: "Dude Looks Like a Rabbi"

I guess after all it wasn't such a chilul Hashem. I was on the plane with a Belzer Dayan, they seated him next to a female, he refused to sit down & delayed take-off until they found him another seat. They tried telling him that in the air he would be allowed to change, but to no avail.
I guess he didn't want a story like this made up about him, which is a greater Chilull Hashem, & blogger bait, although I think that was B4 bloggs.

what makes me wonder is why she didnt go to the flight crew when it happened the first time-she waited until he touched her again-tough for me to imagine her "letting it slide" the first time.

250k for a touching..

Not to accuse the woman of lying, but I'm skeptical. Women have been known to make up these stories when they were insulted. Perhaps the "Rabbi" made her stand up too many times so that he can use the restroom.

I'm also fed up with the automatic rabbinic ordination of any Jew accused of a crime. I've been studying for a 3 years to become a rabbi, and I have yet to be ordained. Must I commit a crime?

Or is it enough to just sit next to a woman on a plane...

About 16 years ago Rabbi G the P rebbe of BP along with his gabbe was accused of doing the same on a flight for Melbourne to LA.
I think the airlines should have separate seating for Charedim on planes.

accusations do not a criminal make.
Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

true, but in yeshiva they told us that all the stories about the chofetz chaim arent true, but they dont tell them bout me and you-these things keep happening....

This is all allegations taken from a non-journalistic website. It's not worth the cybertoilet paper it's written on until there's any actual proof.
But then there will be hell to pay.

there is an FBI report at the top of this article-are you proposing that it is a forgery????

This is all allegations taken from a non-journalistic website. It's not worth the cybertoilet paper it's written on

are you insane? there was an arrest and a copy of the criminal complaint is posted.

accusations do not a criminal make.
Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A false accusation of sexual assault is also a criminal offense. In as much, conversely, the alleged victim is also innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Or is it "Skank until proven innocent" in your version of US justice?

In the Torah it says that the transgession is -- GILU AROYOS --, or L'Galois Erva.
That means that you should not uncover her private area. The Rabbi only stuck his hand underneath the covering.

defense shoulda been, he lost his contact lens-and without the contact lens, he couldnt see what he was touching-damn, i shoulda been a lawyer.

Alternatively, he could go to work for the TSA. They are good at groping.

What was this guy up to for the first 47 yrs of his life? Any hint of misbehaving?

Alternatively, he could go to work for the TSA. They are good at groping.

Posted by: Catcher50

That woulda been my second defense-He thought that she was hiding a weapon-youre pretty good!-we can be partners!

About 16 years ago Rabbi G the P rebbe of BP along with his gabbe was accused of doing the same on a flight for Melbourne to LA.

That made me sick. It was a young girl, maybe 15 years old, traveling alone. An older woman across the aisle saw her in distress and called the flight attendant.

I guess after all it wasn't such a chilul Hashem. I was on the plane with a Belzer Dayan, they seated him next to a female, he refused to sit down & delayed take-off until they found him another seat
LH

I woulda thrown him off the plane if i were the flight crew.-if you want to make sure there are no women next to you, then buy 2 seats together. I dont, in my humble pinyan, believe he had the right to do that.

“What are you doing, stop touching me,” she told Bidany. He replied, “It’s a mistake, I’m asleep,” according to Ambrisco.
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adam mu'ad le-olam -- whether [he acts] inadvertently or willfully, whether awake or asleep.

Bava Kama, 26A

also-if you say that you are asleep, uhh, doesnt that mean you are.....not asleep??kinda like Yosarrian's plight in Catch 22?

maybe he's setting up for the sleepgroper defense.

Didn't they rename a NY bridge after the story?
Tap-On-zie [tap on her]
Oh they renamed the Rebbe Tap-on-zie Rebbe.

I was on the flight. De-plaining was delayed for 30 mins while ~"law enforcement officers boarded the plane"~. They didn't tell us why, but I saw the (alleged) pervert on the jetway when we left. Didn't hear about what happened until I was on the immigration line and someone in the next row over from the incident told me. I was wondering whatever happened...

Another success story for the "shomer negiah" obsessed.

Either Rabbi or the woman is a liar. We may never know which of them is.

she got groped on her crotch and her response was to put a blanket on her head? The entire thing makes no sense, I really hope the guy didn't do something like this!

she then “pulled her blanket back over her head and body.”

What doesn't make sense? The flight was packed, btw.

FYI - Her pulling the blanket over her head after the first "grope" makes PERFECT sense psychologically. The first time something happens where it is unexpected, and the other person denies it, a person will often doubt themselves and doubt their own reality at first. It is only after it happening a second time when it's "confirmed" in their reality, and then they realize that it also happened the first time, they get hit by the double-reality of both incidents. Her behavoir is perfectly normal.

The pervert rabbi's behavior, on the other hand - is completely not normal and sickening. Why can't these sickos control themselves?

That's why the Mehadrin bus keeps the genders seperated.
They don't want a bus ride, with all the women having to sit throuh the whole way, with all the Rabbi's hands at their crotch.

Goyem, especially their women, exist to serve the frumma. That is what the frumma are constantly taught. When a frummer tries to 'apply' this teaching, he ends up in jail, and doesn't understand why.

Goyem, especially their women, exist to serve the frumma
WSC

I've been in more Yeshivas than Talumud Bavli, and I dont remember EVER being taught that goyishe women exist to serve frum men.-I dont remember much, but THAT I wouldve definitely remembered.

Loshon Hara - Tappanzee bridge! Lol! That's the first good comment I've ever read on this blog.

FYI - Her pulling the blanket over her head after the first "grope" makes PERFECT sense psychologically. The first time something happens where it is unexpected, and the other person denies it, a person will often doubt themselves and doubt their own reality at first. It is only after it happening a second time when it's "confirmed" in their reality, and then they realize that it also happened the first time, they get hit by the double-reality of both incidents. Her behavior is perfectly normal. ---Abracadabra

What Abracadabra wrote is correct. I have been groped on a number of occasions. The first time a specific person gropes you, you are startled. (This is especially true if the context is such that you wouldn't expect it - ie sitting on a plane next to a religious man vs. being in a bar.) You wonder if you might have misperceived it or if it might have been an accident. You doubt yourself, not wanting to make a false accusation. When it happens the second time you are then sure and can react with confidence. Also, no one can try to tell you that it was an accident because the groping had happened twice.

I wish she wouldve punched him in the head, or tried to rip his beard off his face.

Good luck getting the bastard back from Israel. Oldest trick in the book; ask for permission to travel to Israel. B/c people are generally afraid to say no (out of fear of being branded anti-religious/anti-Jewish), the wish is granted and the bastards never return. Israel certainly isn't about to extradite a Rabbi, either. When will judges learn?

i am just surprised he groped a woman and not a young boy....oh wait hes not catholic

The truth is that there are pervs in all walks of life. And they never think of the consequences, as they do what they do. That is one of the symptoms.

If he touched my wife, he would have had his hand cut off and stuffed down his throat right on that plane. Just ANOTHER SICK SON OF A BITCH SEX OFFENDER. How many women and young girls had he already molested before this incident. Sick bastard.

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