Dopo un’indagine durata 4 mesi, la polizia israeliana ha comunicato l’arresto di due uomini e due donne membri di una setta messianica. Gli uomini, per conseguire proventi economici, condizionavano psicologicamente le donne a credere che prostituendosi con non ebrei avrebbero contribuito a salvare il popolo d’Israele.
ISRAELI POLICE: MESSIANIC PROSTITUTION RING NABBED
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have uncovered a messianic Jewish sect that prostituted women to “save Israel.”
In a statement Sunday, police said officers arrested four people on suspicion of coercing women into having sex with non-Jews and exploited them sexually by making them addicted to drugs and alcohol. The reasoning behind the plot was “to save the people of Israel and bring redemption nearer.”
Police say the four suspects, two men and two women, were part of a messianic sect. A four-month long investigation revealed they were brainwashing the women into believing they were helping the Jewish people by having sex with non-Jews while pocketing the money earned for themselves. The four included two from the West Bank settlement on Kiryat Arba.
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Alleged cult leaders deny forcing women to work as prostitutes
Court extends remand of the two men suspected of forcing women to have sex with customers in order ‘to save the Jewish people and expedite the redemption.’
Two men, who were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of leading a cult that forced women to work as prostitutes and held them in bondage, were remanded into custody for seven more days by a Jerusalem court on Thursday.
The suspects, David Dvash from the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and Gad Zarad from Ashkelon, are suspected of forcing the women to have sex with non-Jewish men “to save the Jewish people and expedite the redemption,” police said. Six other suspects were also arrested in the case, two of them women.
The police representative told the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Thursday that additional complainants had come forth to testify against the group this week. Consequently, Zarad is now suspected of “serious offenses” against minors as well, he said.
Dvash and Zarad denied the allegations against them. Their lawyers had filed an insanity plea for them on Sunday. On Thursday the judge sent the two for psychiatric observation.
The suspects’ lawyers said their clients confirm taking part in group sex, but this was done under agreement, as part of “open relationships.”
Dvash’s attorney Alon Davidov said the two were “adults with alternative lifestyles, perhaps indigestible to the conservative guys in the police, but they didn’t perpetrate all the serious offenses the [police] are trying to pin on them.”
Zarad’s attorney David Barhum said his client “admitted he had group sex but denies the use of any coercion, exploitation or abuse.”
Barhum said after the court session that Zarad’s acts were not motivated by religious or nationalist ideology. Davidov said Dvash was “convinced everything he did was to help the people of Israel…to bring it closer to redemption…it all comes from his deep faith.”
He stressed repeatedly that his client had committed no criminal offense and the case consisted, at most, of moral offenses.
The attorneys denied the existence of a cult and said the case is based on the testimony of one complainant, Zarad’s former partner.
The police asked Judge Yaron Mientkavich to extend the suspects’ custody by 10 days. The judge said the suspicions were “substantiated to a satisfactory degree for today’s session” but extended the custody by seven days only, urging the police to advance the investigation significantly.
The suspects were apprehended after a four-month undercover investigation following a complaint by a woman who said the cult was exploiting its female recruits.
Among the suspects are Dvash’s 40-year-old wife and a 39-year-old woman from Jerusalem. All but the two main suspects have been released.
Dvash, 60, a well-known figure in the settlements, is married to two women and father to 15 children by both wives. Zarad, 47, is suspected of pimping the women and supplying the drugs with which the group controlled the women.
The suspected cult leaders allegedly took money from the men to have sex with the women and tried to pressure the women to become Orthodox through their sexual relations with the non-Jewish men.
The clients included, among others, Palestinians from the West Bank and foreign workers living in Tel Aviv.
PRECISAZIONI SUL GRUPPO SOTTO INCHIESTA E SUL GIUDAISMO MESSIANICO
There’s a mess here, all right, but not a Messianic Jew
11 settembre 2014
By Dawn Eden
The BBC this week ran an article with the misleading headline “Israeli police bust ‘messianic’ prostitution ring.”
It’s a misleading headline because normally when the word “Messianic” is used in relation to Jews, it refers to adherents of Messianic Judaism – but that is not the case with the cult described in the story. Unfortunately, the rest of the story does not make this clear. Some background: Messianic Judaism is a form of Protestant Christianity that strongly identifies with Jewish ritual, prayers, and cultural identity. In other words, Messianic Jews believe the Jewish Messiah has already come, and his name is Yeshua – Hebrew for “Jesus.”…
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