Rabbi Mordechai Elon waits for his sentence in court in Jerusalem, on August 7, 2013
Rabbi Mordechai Elon waits for his sentence in court in Jerusalem, on Wednesday. The Israeli rabbi was found guilty of sexually abusing a minor, public radio said. © Yonatan Sindel - AFP
Rabbi Mordechai Elon waits for his sentence in court in Jerusalem, on August 7, 2013
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Last updated: August 7, 2013

Israeli rabbi found guilty of child abuse

An 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.

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