"…At the request of the AJN the RCV wishes to clarify a specific part of that media statement which stated that AJN reporter Adam Kamien was advised in no uncertain terms by a senior RCV member that no meeting (asking anyone to stand down) took place. The RCV apologises for any misunderstanding this wording may have caused and hereby clarifies that it was referring to a discussion where a senior RCV official advised Adam Kamien in no uncertain terms that “there was no story” and that the allegations were simply being driven by the agenda of a certain individual.…"
Above: Rabbi Avrohom Glick
The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) [i.e., the Melbourne, Australia area] has now issued a clarification and apology that shows that it lied when it forced the Australian Jewish News to retract a story it published two weeks ago. That now-retracted story reported that senior members of the RCV had asked Rabbi Avrohom Glick to step down from his leadership role in Chabad's Yeshivah Centre over his mishandling of child sex abuse allegations, his insensitivity to victims, and his apparent lies told insubsequent court proceedings.
It turns on that on the truth meter, the AJN was very close to 100% true, and the RCV was pretty much the exact opposite:
Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) MEDIA RELEASE
CLARIFICATION BY THE RCV OF THE MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED 11/11/2014
17 November 2014
The Australian Jewish News (AJN) published an article entitled “Yeshivah’s Rabbi Glick under pressure to quit” on page 3 of AJN 7/11/14. The AJN apologised to Rabbis Gutnick and Glick in their 14/11/2014 edition for the allegations made in that article. The RCV issued a media statement on 11/11/2014 welcoming the apology.
At the request of the AJN the RCV wishes to clarify a specific part of that media statement which stated that AJN reporter Adam Kamien was advised in no uncertain terms by a senior RCV member that no meeting (asking anyone to stand down) took place. The RCV apologises for any misunderstanding this wording may have caused and hereby clarifies that it was referring to a discussion where a senior RCV official advised Adam Kamien in no uncertain terms that “there was no story” and that the allegations were simply being driven by the agenda of a certain individual. The AJN published the story notwithstanding.
The RCV again acknowledges the AJN’s subsequent apology and admission that its allegations and report were based on a misunderstanding and were not correct.
Manny Waks, a co-founder of the Australian anti-child-sex-abuse organization Tzedek writes:
This still leaves many questions unanswered (and some new ones) – for example:
• Was Rabbi Gutnick approached by three non-Chabad/Yeshivah rabbis asking him to call on Rabbi Glick to stand down?
• Does the RCV acknowledge that a meeting indeed took place between Rabbis Gutnick and Glick but that Gutnick simply did not request of Glick to step down?
• Does the RCV believe that the media should in future simply accept their word that “there is no story” or that allegations are ‘being driven by the agenda of a certain individual’ and not publish a story?
• Who is this ‘senior RCV member’ the RCV keeps referring to, and does he happen to be related to former Yeshivah Principal (and current senior Yeshivah leader) Rabbi Glick?
• Why was a ‘senior RCV member’ attempting to interfere with the media?
• If it was a relative of Rabbi Glick, was he attempting to abuse his position to protect a relative?
• Since the original AJN article clearly stated that Rabbi Gutnick did not meet Rabbi Glick in any official capacity (rather in a personal one), why is the RCV even involved?
• Again, were any of Rabbi Glick’s relatives involved in this process?
• Why did the RCV publish a photo of the journalist in its initial media release – have they ever done so in the past? If not, why did they choose to do so this time?
• Does Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick stand by his statement as reported in the original article: "if I was approached by victims, or rabbis who were concerned, I would ask him [Rabbi Glick] to consider standing down"?
• Why don’t the Yeshivah Centre and the Orthodox Rabbinate demand that Rabbi Glick unreservedly apologise and resign from any leadership position?
• Rabbi Glick has managed to elicit two public apologies (both seemingly warranted). As Yeshivah College Principal during the period of much of the abuse and cover-ups, when is he finally going to muster the courage to take responsibility and apologise?
Confused? So am I. Hopefully in due course the Royal Commission will clarify things a little more….
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