The Lehava anti-assimilation group led Judea and Samaria branch police in exposing an extremist Messianic cult that brain-washed Jewish women into taking drugs and having sex with Arab men in order to "bring the redemption."
Four central figures in the cult were arrested, including a 60-year-old man and 40-year-old woman from Kiryat Arba near Hevron, a 47-year-old man from Ashkelon and a 39-year-old woman from Jerusalem. Yedioth Aharonoth reports that two additional suspects were arrested on Sunday and are to be brought to the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.
Lehava leaders Bentzi and Anat Gopshtain on Sunday revealed they exposed the cult and passed evidence to the police, after receiving complaints several months ago against a Kiryat Arba resident manipulating women from around Israel, encouraging them to have sexual relations with Arabs.
The Gopshtains investigated the complaints, and located several complainants who were refusing to turn to the police. Through intensive work, 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 evidence brought the successful conclusion of a four-month secret police investigation, which revealed that the cult brain-washed the women into believing the redemption of the nation of Israel will occur through the spiritual "sparks" held in different acts meant to "purify the non-Jews" - acts that included drugs and sexual relations.
A dependency on the cult leader was established through alcohol, drugs, and sexual acts conducted under their influence. The cult leader is also suspected of having taking money from the Arab men who sexually abused the brain-washed women.
"We in the Lehava organization don't turn a blind eye, even in the case of a Jew pretending to be religious," said Gopshtain on Sunday. "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," added the Lehava director. "A phenomenon like this must be gotten rid of."
Speaking about the victims of the cult, Gopshtain added "these are good women, the vast majority of whom returned to Judaism, and who were innocently manipulated by someone saying he was acting in the name of hassidism. There isn't a single thing in common between these things and hassidism, so we got involved."