Two Israelis Killed in Amsterdam Car Crash

15 year-old and 20 year-old may have been visiting Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the 'runaway Rabbi' accused of sexual assault in Israel.

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Two Israelis were killed Wednesday in a car accident northwest of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and have now been named as 15 year-old Natan Druck and 20 year-old Shmuel Langleben. 

The two were killed after their car crashed into a tree. Another Israeli passenger seriously injured, and a fourth passenger, also an Israeli, was taken in light to moderate condition to a local Amsterdam hospital.

According to one report, the two - who are Breslov Chassidim - were on their way to visit the fugitive leader of the "Shuvu Banim" sect, Rabbi Eliezer Berland. 

The Jewish community in the Netherlands are not happy, to say the least, regarding Berland's presence in the country, which is one of many the Rabbi has fled to after escaping sexual assault charges in Israel. Berland was accused of committing indecent acts against several young female followers; he is wanted in Israel for questioning. Berland fled Israel before he could be arrested, however, to the US, Italy, and Switzerland.

He settled for a time in Marrakech, Morocco before being forced out by the government. He then moved once again to Zimbabwe, from where he was allegedly deported earlier this year. 

He was eventually arrested at Amsterdam Airport on September 11 at the request of Israeli authorities. Israel has formally requested his extradition, a request which was belayed several weeks ago due to legal entanglements over Berland's actions over 1949 Armistice lines as well as due to an illness.