Members of a small cult-like group in the West Bank have been arrested for brain-washing women into taking drugs and having sex with Arab men in order to hasten the “redemption” and bring the Messiah.
Yedioth Ahoronoth reported today that the extremist Messianic cult was led by four main individuals, including a 60-year-old man and 40-year-old woman from Kiryat Arba near Hebron, a 47-year-old man from Ashkelon, and a 39-year-old woman from Jerusalem.
According to reports, two additional suspects were arrested on Sunday and are to be brought to the Jerusalem Magistrates Court over the coming days.
The cult was discovered following an extensive investigation by a group called Lehava, which seeks to prevent assimilation in Israel. The heads of the organisation, Bentzi and Anat Gopshtain revealed today that they exposed the cult and passed evidence to the police after receiving complaints several months ago.
The Jerusalem Post reported that after the Gopshtains investigated the complaints through intensive work spanning at least four months. The Lehava leaders were able to convince the abused women to submit complaints to the police, which in turn provided the concrete evidence leading to the recent arrests.
The women, who are considered to be Orthodox Jews in terms of attire and religious practices, were all somehow convinced that if they drank alcohol, took drugs, and slept with Arab men, they would hasten the redemption of the Nation of Israel through the spiritual “sparks” held in various acts.
In addition, the leader of the cult was accused of taking money from the Arab men in exchange for sex with the woman, showing up the true nature of this extremist fringe group.
Benzi Gopshtain spoke to reporters on Sunday saying, “We in the Lehava organization don’t turn a blind eye, even in the case of a Jew pretending to be religious. We didn’t hesitate to act for the sanctification of the nation of Israel. This is a shocking incident and we didn’t rest or stay silent until the leader of the cult was arrested.”
Gopshtain noted that most of the victims were young women who had been secular, but returned to Judaism. They were manipulated by people claiming to be able to bring the Messiah through the debauching acts they made the women perform.