Israeli ultra-Orthodox group accused a man of pretending to be Jewish while he is actually a Christian missionary from New Jersey.
According to the Israeli media, the man, who was an active part in the Jewish community, has worked as a rabbi and a kohen, which is a Jewish word that stands for priest. He also used to engage in leading wedding ceremonies for couples.
"An ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood was in shock on Sunday after a prominent member of the community was reportedly outed as an UNDERCOVER CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY"— Dalit Eagle (@vishalgst5) April 27, 2021
the man had POSED as a RABBI and a kohen (priest)https://t.co/tA9kQOfeZz
Yet, the man proved to have no Jewish roots, according to the Beyneynu, an organisation that surveys the movements of Christian missionaries in the country.
The organization has also added that the man and his family have been "under surveillance for at least seven years."
Despite being an undercover Christian, the man has buried his wife in 2020 according to the Jewish traditions and performed a Jewish funeral ceremony.
Jerusalem rabbi accused of being undercover Christian missionary.— Bernedette Muthien (@BerneMuthien) April 27, 2021
Man denies claims he was seeking to convert people and says he was born Jewish.https://t.co/ImjOiHQmX5
The man living in French Hill for many years had traveled from the US to Israel claiming to be Jewish by forging documents. He denied all the allegations against him saying he was born Jewish.
In response to the allegations, the man, whose identity is unveiled, told local news station Channel 13 that he had worked as a missionary nearly 10 years ago but that he had
"repented." Moreover, Beyneynu revealed that he was trying to convert people to Christianity for many years then he 'disappeared' in 2014 after being confronted by the organisation.
Jerusalem rabbi accused of being undercover Christian missionary - The Guardian https://t.co/F2JKUAHqTy— Eddie Du (@EddieDu5) April 28, 2021
“He assimilated into the ultra-Orthodox community and began a new life, but [one] apparently full of lies,” Shannon Nussan, a researcher for Beyneynu, stated.
As part of their undercover work, the researcher revealed that the man’s wife was promoting Judaism on social media while indeed she was trying to convert people to Christianity.
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