Suspected ‘Ithaca’ cult guru Shay Abramov arrested in Haifa

Police Central District detectives located and arrested Shay Abramov, the guru of the so-called “Ithacacult on Thursday morning.

The cult was followed by the Netanya teacher arrested two weeks ago for abusing her children and starving them.

From the beginning of the investigation, police suspected that the teacher was influenced by the cult, which teaches extreme discipline, including corporal punishment and starvation of children, in the belief that children who experience pain in childhood will be better adults.

Abramov and his wife lived in the teacher’s apartment in the past, according to information received by the police.

Abramov is also suspected of having abused the teacher herself.

Police are aware of dozens of children who were the victims of the system of discipline taught by Abramov. The majority of parents involved are educators, and the police are rounding up additional suspects.

– Source / Full Story: Suspected cult guru arrested in Haifa, Jerusalem Post, May 27, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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