The media has an influence and reports in Holland about Rabbi Eliezer Berland and his chassidim are being aired almost daily. According to a report in Israel, the reports seem to focus on the rav’s chassidim, depicting them as “dirty, unruly and inconsiderate”. The reports explain that are loud and dirty and conduct themselves in a fashion that is unacceptable in Holland.
When the rav arrived in a local police station to sign a form as he is required to do daily to show authorities he has not fled, he was called in by an officer for a private discussion. He asked the rav to tell his followers in his own language to please leave Holland quietly and avoid unwanted events concerning his followers.
When the rav returned home he summoned chassidim and instructed them to travel to Uman and remain there and for the time being. He explained only a few chassidim will remain with him. He instructed them to avoid coming in large groups and arriving without obtaining prior permission, explaining their presence is not benefiting him.
The rav this week was mesader keddushin for a couple that arrived in Holland to have him marry them.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)