Sunday, May 08, 2005

Police have completed their investigation of Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar's daughter. Wife is still under investigation.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...,7340,L-3082874,00.html

Investigation of Chief Rabbi's daughter complete

Police have completed their investigation of Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar's daughter, Ayala. Both mother and daughter are suspected of kidnapping and abusing the daughter's boyfriend. However, the mother is still under investigation. (Avi Cohen)

(05.08.05, 17:02)

At 4:32 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Mon., May 09, 2005 Nisan 30, 5765

Ayala Amar, the daughter of the Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, arriving at a Tel Aviv police station yesterday. (Motti Kimche)

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to be questioned on return to Israel

By Roni Singer

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar will be questioned by police upon his return to Israel early tomorrow morning about what he knew about the alleged kidnapping and beating of a suitor of his 17-year-old daughter, but the attorney general will decide only today whether the rabbi will be questioned under caution.

The rabbi has been in Thailand attending a ceremony of solidarity with tsnuami victims, and he is due to land in Israel early tomorrow morning. It is possible that the police could await the rabbi at the airport and then take him for questioning.

Police yesterday asked Attorney General Menachem Mazuz for permission to question the rabbi under caution. Mazuz today will review all the material police have collected in the case. There is no doubt, say legal sources, that Amar will have to be questioned and the only unknown is whether he will be questioned under caution, in case he is suspected of knowing what took place.

His 17-year-old daughter met a potential suitor in an Internet chat and after the couple met, her mother allegedly asked the girl's brother to deter the youth. The brother, Meir Amar, 31, is suspected of abducting the boy, with two friends and beating him in the rabbi's home. The affair became public last Friday when a gag order was lifted.

The police want to know if the rabbi knew about the relationship between his daughter and the suitor, and if he was aware of or involved in the kidnapping plan. A key question is whether he knew about the plan or heard any untoward noises in the early morning hours in his home when the Bnei Brak suitor was allegedly being beaten by the rabbi's son, Meir, and his two alleged accomplices.

If police come up with evidence that the rabbi was aware of the events in the living room of his apartment, it could lead to questioning him under caution.

Police investigators said they were surprised yesterday by a report in Yedioth Ahronoth that was far more detailed about what happened to the Bnei Brak youth than what he had told them. Police sources said the youth told them that the rabbi "heard and knew" about what was going on that morning in his living room.

That has not come up in the evidence given by others questioned in the affair. Police say they can't tell yet if that is because everyone else apparently involved - the rabbi's wife, his daughter, son and the two friends of the son - are trying to keep the rabbi out of the affair.

The Bnei Brak youth told police yesterday that he asked a friend to relay the claims to the press and the youth remained unavailble to the press yesterday.

Police say they have enough evidence now to press charges. Yesterday, they put the rabbi's wife, Mazal, in the same room with the youth for an hour, after the rebbetzin had been questioned for several hours. Police say she knew in detail what her son was doing. The daughter, Ayala, was only questioned for a few minutes and never asked if her father knew what was happening.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Mon., May 09, 2005 Nisan 30, 5765

In Kalansua, the chief rabbi's son is known as `a dervish'

By Arnon Regular

When residents of the village of Kalansua are asked about Meir Amar, the son of the chief Sephardi rabbi, they repeatedly use the phrase, "a dervish."

Amar was arrested together with his mother and sister, and the brothers Ahmed and Abdullah Suwalme of Kalansua, in connection with the abduction and beating up of an ultra-Orthodox youth who had a romantic relationship with his sister. According to police allegations, the youth was brought to the Suwalme home 10 days ago, where he was beaten, his earlocks were cut off, he was attacked by dogs and told to stop seeing Ayala, the 18-year-old sister of Meir Amar.


The term "dervish," in local parlance, indicates someone who does not have a fixed abode and who does not act according to conventional norms. It very often refers also to someone who has no experience with money. Amar would often visit Kalansua, and many people knew about his strange wanderings there.

"At first, he would come with a fancy BMW and then later with a motorbike and finally we heard he was having financial troubles," said A., who added that Meir had very close relations with the four Suwalme brothers, a family which had cooperated with the Israeli security forces before the intifada and moved to Kalansua.

"I know that Meir once had problems with the police here, and that he was arrested in Thailand, and I know he is a nice person," said A. "He is more like an Arab than a Jew and he doesn't get on with his family. He is a man of honor. When he comes to my home, he always waits until I arrive so that he won't find the women alone in the home. I think he didn't want to hurt anyone in this case but simply to protect his sister's honor."

People in Kalansua say Amar speaks both Arabic and Thai fluently and that he worked in agriculture and renovations in the region. They say he lives most of the time at the home of his brother, Rabbi Eliahu Amar, in Moshav Olash, and that is his main connection with the family. A. says that it is not surprising that Meir Amar befriended the Suwalme family since they had also wandered from place to place and left their religion.

The Suwalme family refused to be interviewed yesterday.

The four Suwalme brothers bought half a dunam from A.'s family and built a house in the agricultural zone. That is where the ultra-Orthodox youth was allegedly brought after his abduction. Neighbors said Meir Amar would come to their home and spend much of his time riding horses on the nearby farms.


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