The Jerusalem Pedophile Ring That Almost Certainly Isn't
As I first reported in May, the Nachlaot pedophile ring supposedly plaguing a haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem is almost certain a moral panic. There is no ring. Most – but not all – of the claims made of abuse are false. Israeli police, social workers, parents, rabbis, and neighbors all did things to corrupt evidence. And now the story continues.
Or, more accurately, now someone has written a good, comprehensive piece on the panic. He misses a bit of the underlying reasons for the panic and misses a person who was key in spreading lies and inciting the panic – things I've previously reported on. (Please see the links at the bottom of this post.)
And he doesn't mention my reporting or cite me, even though some of his sources not only read FailedMessiah.com, but post comments here.
All that said, it's still an important piece that is well worth reading. And you can do that here.
I've done a few posts on Nachlaot and the pedophile "ring." Here are some of them that broke new ground, including reporting the name of the elderly woman beaten because she was thought to be a pedophile, a Christian missionary (and several other things) and explaining what she really is; explaining why the panic spread (and who was key in spreading it), and other related issues.