Israel: Head of Chief Rabbinate kashrut to be indicted for bribery

The head of the Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut Division is to be indicted on charges of receiving bribes from food importers who demanded kosher certification and preferential treatment in return for their money.

In December, KAN News reported that the police had obtained footage of Rabbi Yitzhak Cohen Arazi, the exclusive authority for granting kashrut approval to imported food, receiving envelopes filled with cash allegedly in return for kashrut approval without undergoing the requisite procedures for licensing.

KAN reported on Monday that Cohen Arazi is set to be indicted for having taken bribes for many years.

According to the original report, in one video of the rabbi, one of the importers is seen giving Cohen Arazi an envelope of cash and the rabbi is seen counting the bills.

The full original article can be found at jpost.com

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