The police arrested a cult leader in Tel-Aviv this week. Goel Ratzon allegedly lived with 17 women and had 60 children with them, and is accused of “enslaving” them.
It seems that the police and social services agencies have known about him for quite a while, but they didn’t have a handle on him until one of the women in his group agreed to wear recording devices to gather evidence.
On a side note – there is one word conspicuosly absent from the articles written about him. Can you guess?
“Chiloni” “secular” “non-religious” – none of these words have been used to describe Ratzon. If he had been religious (whether dati leumi or charedi) then every time his name was mentioned the adjective would have been attached.