Israeli Police Make Arrests Made In Cult Involving Jewish Women


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mishBaruch Hashem the voice of the Lehava organization that combats missionaries in Eretz Yisrael was heard by police, with the latter moving in against cult members that worked to persuade and brainwash Jewish women R”L, who were at times given drugs, to have relations with Arab men towards hastening the redemption.

The four main leaders of the cult have been taken into custody, including a 60-year-old Kiryat Arba man and a 40-year-old woman from the same community. Also in custody are a 47-year-old man from Ashkelon and a 39-year-old Jerusalem women. Additional arrests have been made.

Lehava leaders Bentzi and Anat Gupstein handed over the information they amassed during their investigation to Shai (Shomron-Yehuda) district police. Police were not quick to react but after sufficient evidence was presented accompanied by ongoing persuasion, they ordered an investigation which lasted for four months, culminating in the arrests.

The leaders of the cult were paid by the Arab men who had relations with the women, often using drugs and alcohol to achieve their goal.

Channel 2 correspondent Moshe Nussbaum adds that the cult targeted baalei teshuvah and they worked to have Jewish women to have relations with any non-Jew, not specifically an Arab. At times other non-Jews played that role. He adds the main suspect in custody is denying the allegations against him despite the evidence amassed in the case. Nussbaum reports at present there are a few dozen victims but police believe with the breaking of the case and publication of the suspects, others are likely to step forward too.

Gupstein told the media that the women involved are good people and B”H most have returned to a life of Yiddishkheit explaining they were innocent and manipulated.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. This is beyond nauseating. No word on the number of women affected? One is one too many, though, and to say “most have returned to a life of Yiddishkeit” is quite naive. After this kind of trauma, no one “returns” to anything. They are severely scarred for life. May HAshem help them heal, spiritually psychologically and physically, and may the perpetrators suffer greatly in this world and the next.

  2. To Step Aside: We all wish it was just a fishy story. But the facts have born this out, and we cannot be in denial. It is also an established fact that this exact action is the latest type of “Conquest” in the tool chest of the terrorists. A very deliberate plan of theirs, and another way in which they celebrate victories against Am Yisrael. We can only hope the law enforcement authorities are now more on top of this kind of insanity and do not drag their feet in taking action and protecting our vulnerable women.