A Dutch court will convene on Wednesday afternoon 7 Tishrei on an Israel Police request filed against Rabbi Eliezer Berland. Rabbi Berland was arrested in Amsterdam and then released to the dismay of Israel Police, which has been tracking his travels from Morocco to Zimbabwe and to South Africa in the hope of placing him under arrest and extraditing him to stand trial in Israel.
The hearing on Wednesday will not address the actual extradition. That hearing is set to take place in about six weeks. The court on Wednesday will discuss an Israel Police request to arrest Rabbi Berland and keep him imprisoned until the extradition hearing to prevent him from fleeing authorities once again.
The rav’s chassidim told the media they feel Rabbi Berland is being “hounded” by Israeli authorities.
The rabbi, who heads the Shuvu Banim Yeshiva, has been on the run for two years after members of his community filed complaints against him with police.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)