Jerusalem rabbi arrested for slavery after women found

An Israeli flag flutters at Mount of Olives with the Old City of Jerusalem and its al Aqsa Mosque (L) on January 9, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 13 January 2020

Jerusalem rabbi arrested for slavery after women found

  • The rabbi was detained on suspicion of running a “closed community” where women and children “worked under conditions of slavery”

JERUSALEM: A rabbi has been arrested in Jerusalem on suspicion of holding dozens of women and children in conditions of slavery, Israeli police said Monday.
The 60-year-old suspect was detained on suspicion of running a “closed community” where women and children “worked under conditions of slavery,” police said in a statement.
A two-month investigation was launched after officers received reports that the religious leader had for years committed “severe offenses” against those living at the residence, police said.
Some 50 women and a number of children under five were found when police raided the site, where victims were thought to have been isolated from the outside world.
A police video of the raid, in a central ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, showed cramped living quarters with bunk beds as well as piles of cash.
“The suspect also punished the women in different ways and stole money from them,” police said.
Eight women accused of aiding the rabbi were also detained and are being held on suspicion of slavery.
The arrests come after ultra-Orthodox women launched a campaign in November urging those in their community to speak up about domestic abuse.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up around 10 percent of Israel’s population and live in close-knit communities often closed off from wider society.


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DOJ said it executed out a seizure order issued by a US court in the District of Columbia, and with the assistance of foreign partners, the seized property, totaling approximately 1.116 million barrels of petroleum, is now in US custody.