A group of former Netiv Meir yeshiva students are publicly objecting to Rabbi Haim Druckman being awarded the Israel Prize because he failed to report child sex abuse to police or to do anything to stop it.
A group of former Netiv Meir yeshiva studetns are publicly objecting to Rabbi Haim Druckman being awarded the Israel Prize, Ma'ariv reported.
Druckman is to get the prize, which is Israel's highest honor, on Yom Ha'atzmaut, Independence Day.
The students say that Druckman's conduct in the 1990s should disqualify him from receiving the prize.
Druckman was told then that Rabbi Ze'ev Kopilovich, Netiv Meir's rosh yeshiva, was sexually abusing students. Druckman failed to report the allegations to police and protected Kopilovich, keeping him in his job and allowing him free access to students.
Kopilovich later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.