Authorities handling fallout of breaking up Goel Ratzon’s polygamist cult

Goel Ratzon One year after Israeli police raided the Tel Aviv headquarters of a suspected polygamist cult that involved some 40 children and 20 women, welfare authorities say they are still dealing intensely with the fallout and rehabilitation process of the cult members.

The 20 wives and 40 children of the yet-to-be convicted cult leader Goel Ratzon continue to receive a wide range of welfare services, including constant psychological monitoring. [Read more...]

Woman who escaped from cult leader Goel Ratzon accuses state of neglecting her case

Goel Ratzon The woman who exposed a polygamist cult whose leader was later charged with enslaving and abusing his numerous “wives” says the authorities have abandoned her, giving her none of the help and benefits that other women in her predicament have received.

She was the first of Goel Ratzon‘s “wives” who managed to escape and file a police complaint, launching the covert inquiry that culminated with his arrest two years later. [Read more...]

Israeli cult leader Goel Ratzon to be held until case ends

Goel Ratzon Alleged polygamist cult leader Goel Ratzon will remain in custody until the end of all court proceedings against him, the Tel Aviv District Court decided yesterday.

Ratzon is accused of a litany of sex and assault crimes against his 17 female partners and their children, whom he allegedly subjugated to slave-like conditions. [Read more...]

Cult leader Goel Ratzon’s ‘wives’ begin lengthy treatment

Goel Ratzon Law enforcement and welfare officials have begun their attempt to bring ‘polygamist cult’ leader Goel Ratzon to justice, but experts told Ynet Tuesday that the process of rehabilitating the women ‘married’ to him would be a lengthy one.

Gabi Zohar, a social worker with years of experience caring for cult victims, explained that even the women who are rehabilitated will probably remain emotionally fragile. [Read more...]

Tel Aviv cult leader Goel Ratzon indicted on multiple charges, including rape

Goel Ratzon Israeli cult leader Goel Ratzon was indicted Sunday on multiple charges, including with rape, sodomy, enslavement, sexual abuse within the family and several other offenses.

“The suspect enslaved and appropriated his 21 wives for many years, in acts which contradict social norms, in a way which was common during the darkest times of human history,” the prosecutor said. [Read more...]

Experts: Polygamist Goel Ratzon ran ‘family’ as a cult

Goel Ratzon “The work of the police and the welfare services on this case would have been so much easier if Israel had specific anti-cult legislation,” says Dr Habi Zohar, a specialist on sects who counsels families who have lost members to cult activity.

Zohar also advises the Israeli Center for Cult Victims, which collected testimonies from Goel Ratzon’s wives over the past year. [Read more...]

Goel Ratzon’s cult: 17 women, 60 children and a climate of absolute obedience

Goel Ratzon The investigation of a suspected cult leader accused of raping and enslaving scores of women took a dramatic turn on Friday after one of his alleged victims gave indications that she may agree to cooperate with authorities.

It has also been revealed that one of Ratzon’s wives cooperated with the police, providing them with the evidence necessary to carry out the arrest. [Read more...]