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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 

Fugitive Breslov rabbi arrested for sex abuse and fleeing authorities

An ultra-Orthodox rabbi who came from the Breslov sect has finally been extradited back to Israel after fleeing authorities on charges of molestation:
A fugitive rabbi wanted for years on suspicions of molesting his female followers was extradited from South Africa Monday and was detained upon arrival at Ben-Gurion airport.

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, founder of the Shuvu Bonim religious group, fled Israel to Morocco in 2013 amid allegations that he molested two female followers, one of them a minor.

The arrest caps years of Israeli attempts to lasso Berland, 79, considered a cult-like leader to thousands of his followers from the Bratslav Hasidic sect.

Since 2013, Berland has eluded Israeli attempts to extradite him, moving between Zimbabwe, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and South Africa, accompanied by a group of devout followers numbering around 40 families.
And that's what's chilling about this sorry excuse for a man. They even turned up at the airport to back him:
Some 300 supporters were also on hand at the airport to welcome Berland back, though he was whisked from the plane directly into police custody, pausing only to kiss the ground, according to reports.
Pure head-shaker. As is his defense for his revolting actions:
The rabbi, who has been accused of sexually assaulting female followers, has denied the allegations against him. He fought his extradition from the Netherlands in 2015 on the grounds that the alleged assaults happened in the West Bank and Israel does not have jurisdiction there. He later fled the Netherlands to avoid extradition.
In other words, he has no respect for ancient Israel and doesn't recognize our national rights over there. Not only is he a misogynist, he's also an anti-Israelist. Somehow, it figures those two ideologies would go hand-in-glove. He should be locked away for a long time for victimizing his followers.

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