Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Dr. Yosef Zaider - well-known Israeli therapist, former Israeli TV show host, convicted Israeli child molester


At 9:35 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

courtesy of The Awareness Center Yahoogroups

5 years after a national audience in Israel (including a prominent Jewish blogger, see below) watched a Kolbotek investigative report in which Dr. Yosef Zaider confessed on tape to child molestation, Dr. Yosef Zaider is finally brought to justice.

5 years? Let's see how long the RCA takes with Rabbi Mordechai Tendler (we're at 1 year and counting).

TV show host convicted of sexual assault
Jerusalem Post
Jan. 11, 2005

The Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday convicted psychologist and
former television show host Dr. Yosef Zaider on three counts of
sexual assault.

Zaider, according to the court decision, sexually assaulted four men who he had promised to train as sex therapists.

The investigation against Zaider was launched five years ago after a patient of his complained he was raped by the psychologist.

Hard-hitting week for Israeli programming
by Allison Kaplan Sommer, Nahum Assis
The Jerusalem Post
February 4, 2000

It was a big week for Israeli television. After all, this is a
country in which months, even years, can go by without the
introduction of any vaguely interesting new local programs.

But by some miracle, two interesting new shows actually managed to
premiere on the small screen here, one day after the other.

The shows had completely different formats, but they did have two
things in common - they were hard-hitting and uncompromising, and
each had a veteran at the helm.

The first program, Monday night on Channel 2, was actually a
reincarnation of an Israeli television classic: Kolbotek, featuring
Rafi Ginat. The original Kolbotek on Channel 1 was a tough consumer-expose program which mercilessly took evil merchants to task for cheating hapless customers. Ginat was supposed to bring his program back to its original home, but Israel Broadcasting Authority workers protested furiously at the import of Ginat's privately hired staff.

So Ginat packed up and moved to Channel 2, where he was welcomed with open arms by concessionaire Reshet. It was a wise move for both parties.

If investigative journalism is a target-shooting match, the first
Kolbotek episode scored the equivalent of two bull's-eyes; the
program contained no innuendos of wrongdoing, but supplied clear
proof. In both of its segments the culprits were caught on tape.

Ginat might have provided a warning to viewers, however. It was not a good idea to watch the program while eating dinner, since both segments were quite stomach- churning. I seriously pitied anyone who might have dined on fish that day then watched the first half of the show, in which hidden cameras exposed some pretty stinky goings-on at Jaffa's open fish market.

First the program's producers bought fish at the market, presumably
bought right off a quaint little fishing boat - and took the fish
directly to a lab to examine it.

A solemn scientist immediately proclaimed that each and every fish
brought to him was several days old, usually rotting, and had often
been frozen and then defrosted. His comments were illustrated by
close-ups of the rotten fish.

Those selling the fish covered up the foul smell, the program
explained, by constantly dumping fresh seawater over their wares.

Presumably it is the job of Tel Aviv city inspectors to check out
merchandise and protect the consumers. The Kolbotek cameras caught
some inspectors strolling through the market, subtly pointing at some fish and getting the merchants to fill up a tub for them to take home. No fish was inspected and no reports were made.

That might have been enough for a decent television story, followed
as it was by the Tel Aviv city manager declaring that the behavior of the inspectors appeared "unusual" and that the matter would be

But Ginat went the extra mile. He brought the hidden cameras back to the market after he had gotten the municipality's reaction, and
picked up some great footage.

First, the fishmongers had apparently been warned that the inspectors would show up at a certain time and rushed their products away, throwing the fish into boats. When the inspectors demanded to see their wares, the sellers became infuriated and even attacked them physically.

Then the cameras caught one inspector calming down an angry merchant by saying: "Don't worry, the higher-ups are going to be uptight about this for just a couple of weeks. I promise everything will then go back to normal."

The city manager had obviously not anticipated this follow-up. His
face looked as if he had eaten some of that bad fish.

THE NEXT segment was also about consumers - of mental- health care
and advice. In a story that made headlines in that day's newspapers, Kolbotek uncovered the sexual abuse of clients by Dr. Yossi Zaider, a well-known therapist.

The story followed a troubled young boy whom Zaider said he would
train to be a surrogate for sex therapy; the so-called "training"
involved contact between the boy and the therapist.

Again, Ginat removed any shadow of doubt from the story by airing a
tape recording of a telephone call between Zaider and the boy in
which Zaider completely incriminated himself.

It was an important, frightening, searing account, pointing out the
degree to which mental-health care goes unregulated in this country.

There was a lot of talk this week about the new and improved Kolbotek giving a competitive shot in the arm to Ilana Dayan's Fact, which has evolved from an investigative show into more of a general magazine format. A little competition can only help everyone, especially the viewers.
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Photo; Caption: Rafi Ginat's first 'Kolbotek' episode on Channel 2
scored the equivalent of two bull's-eyes.


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