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Petition demands Israel dissolve anti-missionary group Yad L\'Achim

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Petition demands Israel dissolve anti-missionary group Yad L\'Achim

The Jerusalem Institute of Justice, a legal forum that defends religious minorities in Israel, has petitioned the Attorney General’s office to dismantle the anti-missionary group Yad L'Achim as an extremist “terrorist” organization. The request was made under a provision of the “associations” laws which allows the state to dissolve registered organizations for illegal and terrorist activities. The petition claims that for many years Yad L’Achim has been “conducting a declared and open battle against many religious minorities in Israel, with the assistance of dozens of extreme anonymous activists.” Among its targeted victims are Reform Jews, the Kabbala Study Center, members of ethnic minorities, Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestant Christians, New Age groups, Messianic Jews and others, the request states. Its activities “provide fertile ground for the growth of undesirable elements that despise the rule of law, the principles of justice, the values of Israeli society, and human dignity,” the petition alleges. Among the charges leveled against the anti-missionary group is that it has engaged in violent persecution of minorities, kidnappings, breach of privacy, distribution of inflammatory materials, and incitement to hatred, violence and terror. The filing comes after Yaakov 'Jack' Teitel, the suspected "Jewish terrorist" currently on trial for killing two Arabs and planting bombs that targeted a leftist professor and a Messianic Jewish family in Ariel, recently admitted to police that he was an active member of Yad L’Achim for five years.

 

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