Israeli authorities have stopped dozens of Jewish households of the Lev Tahor ultra-Orthodox sect from fleeing to Iran the place they’d utilized for asylum.
“Israel and the US are working to forestall members of an extremist ultra-Orthodox sect from shifting to Iran, amid fears they may very well be used as a bargaining chip by Tehran,” the Instances of Israel newspaper reported, noting that the group; which is anti-Zionist, utilized for political asylum in 2018.
The paper mentioned paperwork offered at a US federal courtroom in 2019 confirmed that leaders of the Hasidic neighborhood requested asylum in Iran and swore allegiance to Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In line with the Ynet Information website, considerations had been constructing that a whole lot of members of the group, primarily primarily based in Guatemala, may very well be making an attempt to maneuver to Iran after dozens of households had been noticed on the airport in Guatemala, apparently on their method to the Kurdistan-Iran border.
The report mentioned their family members contacted the Israeli Ministry of Overseas Affairs and the Justice Division and requested them to urgently contact their Guatemalan counterparts to forestall the households from leaving.
In line with experiences, the Guatemalan authorities detained numerous the group’s members who maintain American citizenship.
“The Shalit deal will appear to be kid’s play subsequent to this,” the family members mentioned, referring to the 2011 prisoner cope with Hamas through which Israel launched 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in trade for soldier Gilad Shalit.
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