“Extremist Haredi Cult Searches for New Home in Guatemala” – September 7, 2014 video.
According to Canadian child services authorities, the cult of Lev Tahor routinely married off girls as young as 12, engage in polygamy, child abuse, including forced medication with psychiatric drugs and starvation, and denies its children access to education.
The cult set up shop in Canada after fleeing Israel, due to similar charges, then fled from Canada to Guatemala – evading a child abuse probe.
The Lev Tahor cult was ‘on the run’ from both the Canadian and the Israeli authorities to evade prosecution, and now 30-odd families’ expelled from the Indian village of San Juan La Laguna, 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the capital, Guatemala due to anti-Semitism.
The child abuse cult moved from Quebec to Ontario, then scattered in the US and Israel but mostly in Guatemala.
The Jerusalem Post – 07.09.2014:
“And yet for all of its alleged moral depravity and criminal behavior, that fact is that Lev Tahor’s treatment of its girls is certainly no worse, and in many respects better, than the treatment that Islamic societies mete out on their girls and women. And the sad truth is that for hundreds of thousands of Muslim women and girls in the West, their residency in human rights-protecting societies has failed to protect them.”
Arutz Sheva – 9/7/2014:
Extremist Cult Searches for New Home in Guatemala – Controversial cult was expelled from a Guatemalan village, but members say they want to stay in Central American state.
They stick out like a sore thumb in the steamy bustle of Guatemala’s capital: 230 haredi Jews, some speaking broken Spanish and eking out a makeshift living in a decrepit office building.
Their practices have been rejected as extremist even by fellow haredim in Israel and other parts of the world. Like other haredi men, member of the LEv Tahor cult dress in black, but the women wear veils and black robes akin to those worn by Muslims.
“Education is vital for the soul,” said another member of the community, Misael Santos, as his cell phone rang. It is one of few gadgets the community allows. They do not watch TV.
But apart from questions surrounding education, there have also been concerns over physical abuse of children. A court in Quebec, Canada, ordered 14 Lev Tahor children into foster care over abuse charges.
Lev Tahor leaders have categorically denied all abuse allegations, which include charges of harsh physical punishments and even sexual abuse.