Rabbi Mordechai (Motti) Elon speaking in a Jerusalem synagogue, August 2010
Prosecutors noted that the dates cited in this new testimony are not within the time frame of the original indictment.
In November, Elon was indicted on two counts of indecent and sexual assault against two 17-year-old male students between 2003 and 2005, when he was head of Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem’s Old City. The trial opened in December at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. Throughout the proceedings, Elon has maintained his innocence, claiming that he may have kissed and hugged students, but it was to console or encourage them, and never done in a sexual manner.
Both of the students claim that they turned to Elon during a time of personal crisis. The first student, known as A., was not a student of Elon, but was experiencing an emotional crisis when a friend suggested he speak with Elon. A. claims that, on two separate occasions, Elon hugged him, had him lie down on his stomach, then kissed and caressed him. Elon claims that he does not recall meeting A. He says that if they did meet, it is conceivable that he kissed A. as a means of consolation, but not for sexual gratification.
The second student, B., claimed that Elon placed his foot between his legs, had him sit on Elon’s knees, hugged him, patted him on the stomach and knees, as well as kissing him on the face.
Both A. and B. said that Elon recited the ‘priestly blessing’ after his acts.
At one time, Elon was considered to be one of the most prominent of the new generation of leaders within the national religious camp. He was the head of Horev Yeshiva high school from 1987 until 2002, at which time he was named head of Yeshivat Hakotel, where he remained until 2006. He is the son of former Supreme Court justice Menachem Elon, and brother of former MK Benjamin (Benny) Elon and of Beersheba District Court judge Yoseph Elon.