Shuvu Banim Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Eliezer Berland is now in Johannesburg, South Africa after he was instructed to leave Zimbabwe. His visa in that country expired after he remained a number of months.
Rabbi Berland was recently questioned and released by local police in Zimbabwe, and they instructed him to leave after his visa expired.
According to reports, the rav was told that upon his arrival in South Africa he was be detained and turned over to Israeli authorities, where he is wanted for alleged crimes. Tefilos were held simultaneously at the Kosel as hundreds of chassidim awaited his arrival. The rav arrived and was permitted to daven mincha in the airport. At the end he was not detained and he was cleared through customs and permitted to enter the country.
Rabbi Berland’s travels began when he fled Israel around 18 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 now.
Prior to Purim, YWN had reported that Rabbi Berland instructed his talmidim to be mispallel for him as he plans on returning to Israel. He remained in Zimbabwe on Purim, where 150 of his Chassidim joined him.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)