Imprisoned cult leader Elior Chen refusing to grant wife divorce

Elior Chen The leader of a Jerusalem cult facing charges of child abuse, Elior Chen, told a rabbinical court yesterday that he is refusing to grant a get, or Jewish divorce, to the mother of his alleged victims.

Chen and several of his followers allegedly used knives, hammers and other instruments to abuse children as young as 3 and 4 years old in the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Betar Ilit in February and March 2008. [Read more...]

Indictment against rabbi Elior Chen: Shook, beat, fed children feces

Elior Chen The Jerusalem District Prosecution issued an indictment against Elior Chen, known as “the abusive rabbi,” for a series of grave abuse charges he allegedly committed against children in his care.

Chen was not charged with attempted murder, but the indictment claims that he abused and assaulted minors in eight separate cases. In addition, he allegedly encouraged members of the group he led to make “corrections” in their children by shaking, beating, binding, and burning them. He also instructed his followers to withhold food and drink from their children and to feed them excrement. [Read more...]

‘Abusive rabbi’ Elior Chen to be extradited to Israel

Elior Chen Chen is wanted in Israel for his involvement in a sadistic cult thought to have committed numerous counts of child abuse.

Chen, a self-styled rabbi, allegedly influenced members of his flock to abuse their children in order to “correct their corrupt souls.”

According to an indictment, the rabbi instructed one mother to conduct “tikkunim” on her children – “meaning, jolting, beating, tying, burning organs, feeding them with faeces, and more. [Read more...]