“Despite that the struggle is between Jewish mother and Chinese father, and in this case they would normally hesitate before placing the child in an Orthodox Jewish home, the judge has determined that the shliach’s home is the safest place for the child,” said attorney Nechama Tzivin, who is representing the mother. “This fact shows that the system places a great deal of trust in the shluchim.”
The accused is an Israeli who lives in the north of Israel and was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping her five-year-old son from his father, a Chinese doctor living in the United States. According to reports, the woman traveled to Israel with her son about three years ago, and never returned. Upon her arrest last week, her son was transferred to the care of a Chabad Shliach, due to the trust welfare services has in his capabilities of caring for the child.
The father went to court in Israel, through a local Israeli lawyer in 2006, and the judge ruled that children taken from a residence without consent of their parents, must be returned to their original place of residence.