The Lev Tahor community of around 500 ultra-orthodox Jews moved from their home in Santa Rosa, 35 miles outside of Guatemala City on Sunday after police raids earlier in the month. “The State of Israel is responsible for this situation” accused board member Uriel Goldman.
Goldman described the raid saying “three hundred police men arrived at the community with a violent attitude.” The Guatemalan authorities said the action was undertaken to investigate allegations of child abuse and, at the request of Israeli authorities, to search for a girl barred from leaving Israel. “They are attacking the community through the children,” claimed Goldman.
The group, which includes around 150 minors, has bought land in Oratorio where they will live in tents before they can build housing. In 2014 the Lev Tahor community was expelled from their first settlement in the municipality of San Juan La Laguna after problems arose with the local people.
Satmar Delegation Comes To Lev Tahor's Defense - Delegation of Satmar askanim, led by Rabbi Yochanan Wosner, Skver Dayan of Montreal, traveled to Guatemala to aid the Lev Tahor community. Lev Tahor is currently involved in a intense legal battle with the Guatemalan government over custody of their children, amid allegations of child abuse and endangerment.