Israel rabbi found guilty of child abuse
JERUSALEM - Agence France-Presse
A young boy waits outside the mausoleum during the annual observance of the 1979 death of Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum at the Satmar Cemetery #2 in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. AP photoAn Israeli rabbi was on Wednesday found guilty of sexually abusing a minor, public radio said.
A Jerusalem court ruled that influential Zionist rabbi Mordechai Elon had "inappropriately" touched a young boy on two separate occasions in 2005, the radio quoted a lawyer as saying.
Elon, 53, had repeatedly professed his innocence and pleaded not guilty, saying the charges amounted to "defamation". It was unclear when he will be sentenced.
Elon is a leading Zionist rabbi and belongs to a branch of Judaism popular among Israeli settlers that distinguishes itself from the country's ultra-Orthodox establishment.
The rabbi has hosted a weekly television show discussing the Torah and takes an openly anti-homosexual stance.
He was head of the Yeshiva HaKotel, a religious seminary located next to the Western Wall in the heart of annexed east Jerusalem's Old City, but left in 2006.