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Monday, July 02, 2018 

A former member of the ultra-Orthodox "burqa cults" speaks out

A woman who'd been a member of what are also sometimes called the "taliban women" cult gave an interview about the dark, clannish movement that's been damaging many girls and their psyches in Israel:
The Shalim, commonly known as the "burqa cult," is one of the most isolated and denigrated sects in Israel, even among the country's ultra-Orthodox population. Under a guise of extreme religiosity, a small group known as the "Shalim" (shawls) sect based in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh keeps away from the public sphere and the mainstream religious community. They wear burqa-like garments that they refer to as "shawls." Little is known about the inner workings of the cult, but now the local news outlet Yom Leyom has published a rare interview with R., a former member, who relates disturbing tales about how the cult indoctrinates young girls.

R., who was a member of the Shalim until a few years ago, told Yom Leyom that she had a typical childhood, but developed anxieties when her mother became ill. R. joined a psalms-reading group that the Shalim women had organized in Jerusalem, where she says she was "brainwashed."
Read the rest, and be notified in advance that it's very chilling stuff. No doubt, it was influenced mainly by Islam, which shows just noxious the Religion of Peace can be.

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