Rosh Kollel Shocked to Find His Name Among The Dubai Suspects

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bodenheimerAccording to reports, German officials are examining the identity of a “Michael Bodenheimer,” the name that appeared on a genuine German passport allegedly used in last month’s assassination of Hamas

commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. The authorities in the city of Cologne, where the passport was issued, began a probe, and federal authorities are now considering a move of their own.

According to German weekly Der Spiegel, Rav Michoel Bodenheimer, an Israeli, applied for a German passport from the Cologne authorities. Documents were presented that proved German lineage, including his grandparents’ marriage certificate. Also shown was his Israeli passport that was issued to him a year earlier in Tel Aviv.

The German passport was issued on June 18, 2009. That document was used by one of the assassination suspects in Dubai on January 19, a day before the killing.

However, Rav Bodenheimer does not live in Cologne, as claimed in his application, and no other person by that name lives there. The magazine claims a man by that name lived in Herzliya until June last year.

A Rav Michoel Bodenheimer lives in Bnei Brak. His wife told Haaretz in a telephone interview that “he has no German passport and he never asked for such a passport. He never visited Germany, except perhaps in transit on the way to the United States.”

Rav Bodenheimer is a rosh kollel in Moddin Illit and said that he was born in the United States, though his parents were born in Germany.

His wife said that the Bodenheimers do not have any family in Herzliya and that even though Rav Bodenheimer’s parents were born in Germany, they emigrated to the United States, from where he immigrated to Israel 30 years ago.

“We are quiet people and are not used to so much attention,” she said. “The past week since the news of this story broke has been difficult for us. The fact that someone is using his name does not make him involved in this story.”

Rav Bodenheimer was astounded to see his name on the list of suspects, supposedly belonging to a German citizen.

“At first we didn’t understand what everyone was talking about,” Rav Bodenheimer’s daughter said. “The picture that was published doesn’t look like him at all. He is always busy learning Torah ,” she said, adding that he holds no citizenship other than Israeli and American.

Rav Bodenheimer has said that he is not concerned about the possible false use of his name and identity. “There is a Borei Olam,” he says.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}

4 COMMENTS

  1. RAV BODENHEIMER IS A TZADIK YESOD OLAM AND A HUGE TALMID CHACHAM. HE IS A GRANDSON OF RAV YAAKOV KAMENETSKY AND SON OF THE LATE FOUNDER OF JEWISH OBSERVER, MR. ERNST BODENHEIMER.

    AND NOW HE IS BEING MEKADESH SHEM SHOMAYIM BY SAYING HE DOESNT CARE ABOUT ANY OF THIS FOOLISHNESS, HE IS NOT AFRAID OF REPURCUSSIONS, ‘THERE IS A BOEI OLAM’!

  2. Gotta love the zionists… Not only do their actions now put the lives of every Jew in the world at danger because of their brazen assassination but they drag gadolim into the mix.

  3. zionist or not,wrong or right,we are all jews and we must care for one another, “love the ppl and (hence) bring them closer to the torah”-Avos 1:12!

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