Rabbi Haim Druckman did not report allegations that Netiv Meir's rosh yeshiva, Ze'ev Kopolovich, was sexually abusing students. Now, Druckman is about to get the Israel Prize for his achievements in education and conversion to Judaism of thousands of immigrants from the FSU, and former Nativ Meir students are incensed. Last night, Druckman 'apologized.'
What did Rabbi Druckman say?
Druckman told Ma'ariv that they were only "allegations" and "rumors." Even though there wasn't proof, he removed Kopolovich from his post (temporarily). In retrospect, the only thing I did wrong, Druckman seemed to say, is that I didn't call police.
The truth is that Druckman protected Kopolovich and reinstated him.
Later, police found out about Kopolovich's crimes in another way, investigated and arrested him. He was convicted and sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.
Druckman says the Israel Prize doesn't concern him. What bothers him is the "false" ideas that he his Kopolovich's crimes from police and that he meant to cover up the sex abuse.
This isn't an apology. It shows no concern for Kopolovich's victims. And Druckman doesn't really accept responsibility for his own actions.
And therefore Haim Druckman should not get the Israel Prize.
[Hat Tip: Michael Lesher.]