According to South African police, an international arrest warrant has been issued against Shuvu Banim Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Eliezer Berland. Rav Berland has been on the run for some time, seeking to evade arrest in Israel for alleged crimes.
South African police almost placed the rabbi in custody while he was attending a wedding but with the help of some of his chassidim, the rav succeeded in fleeing the chasenah without being taken into custody.
Since fleeing Eretz Yisrael, the rav has been in Morocco and Zimbabwe as he continues to evade arrest.
Rabbi Berland’s travels began when he fled Israel around 22 months ago to avoid arrest amid accusations of law-breaking. He first set up shop in Morocco, where he was for seven months until being instructed to leave. He then chose Zimbabwe as his new home, where he remained until his visa expired – as well as being questioned by local police. He was instructed to leave immediately, and then proceeded to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he remains until today.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)