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Rabbi Uzi Meshulam (60)

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Rabbi Uzi Meshulam (60) died on Friday afternoon.

Meshulam was an activist who claimed that thousands of Yemenite babies were taken away from their families by the Israeli government when they were brought to Israel between 1948 and 1954 .

Meshulam’s activism escalated until it resulted in a standoff between Israeli police and Meshulam’s followers in 1994, which left one person dead, and 11 people arrested.

But the end result was that the government established the Cohen Committee in 1995 to uncover where the missing Yemenite children went.

The committee provided explanations for many of the disappearances, though a few cases remained unexplained, and are still open. The committee said there was no government conspiracy.

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  1. Sampson Giat says:

    RABBI UZI MESHULAM.
    Rabbi Uzi Meshulam is a Rabbi in the town of Yahud. He has many students who live in the West Bank. Most of them served as I.D.F. officers and were past members of elite fighting units, including officers in intelligence. It is legal for them to carry arms.
    During the week of Pesach, March 24, 1994, the Rabbi’s students came to his house to sell their Chometz. A neighbor, with whom the Rabbi had an earlier dispute, saw many young men with firearms in the Rabbi’s yard. The neighbor called the police. This gave the police the opportunity to further harass the Rabbi for the twenty years Rabbi Meshulam had been collecting evidence of the systematic kidnapping of Yemenite children, which is damaging to the Israeli Government.
    An army of police surrounded the Rabbi’s home and asked the students to come out from behind the Rabbi’s low fence. One student came out and was immediately arrested. They were not congregating illegally. Upon seeing their fellow student being arrested, the rest of them refused to come out. This created a standoff until May 11, 1994. That’s 47 days!
    The next idiotic scene could have been out of a Spielberg movie: “The Invasion of Normandy,” if it were not so comical. Hundreds and hundreds of police, sharpshooters with scopes, sappers with a canine S.W.A.T. team and helicopters flying over this tiny house, wanting to evict Rabbi Meshulam and his students. They had done nothing illegal, but to be with their Rabbi to sell their Chometz. These were not just Yeshiva Buchers, but soldiers with training and ideals. The stupidity of the Israeli government and police created a standoff of 47 days. Neither side would budge. It culminated in a siege by forces to strength unprecedented, against a private home in Israel. They cut off the electricity and the phone lines and started shooting indiscriminately into the house in which Mrs. Meshulam and her young children ages between 6 months and 5 years were sleeping. The bullets shattered the windows over the heads of the children. When I visited the home, I saw countless bullet holes in the venetian blinds, the living room walls and the bedroom walls.
    Without any provocation, Shlomo Asulin a student and a sergeant in the IDF, was shot in the neck from behind, by a marksman using a telescope. He was trying to start a generator since the electricity was cut off. Court testimony proved Asulin never fired a weapon.
    He was not dead, but bleeding profusely. A young man, Nathan Shifriss, picked up a megaphone and called out to the police to bring over an ambulance that was close by. The police refused, and as a result Shlomo Asulin bled to death.
    Most Israelis familiar with the “Meshulam Incident” received their information only from newspapers and TV. There was a concerted effort by the government, the police and the media to discredit Rabbi Meshulam to a point of comparing them to the David Koresh Cult of 1993 called the ‘Branch Davidians.’ All of that was so far from the truth. Rabbi Meshulam and his students were subsequently arrested. Rabbi Meshulam received an eight-year sentence, and eleven of his students received six-year sentences for the crime of sedition.. After appeals they were still languishing in jail, as though they were Israel’s most hardened criminals.
    I received a letter from Yitzhak Nir, the warden of the Ramle Prison and signed by Rabbi Uzi Meshulam. I was requested along with Amnesty International to visit on April 13, 1996 and report on the conditions of their incarceration, and their two week hunger strike, because two of his students were already urinating and coughing up blood.
    Before I got involved with Meshulam’s problem, I wanted assurances from Rabbi Shlomo Korach, Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Arussi, Chief Rabbi of Kiriat Ono and Rabbi Ariel Gamliel, Deputy Minister of Religion and member of the Knesset. In every instance, they assured me that Rabbi Meshulam is a bona fide Rabbi, who teaches students as they do. The fact that he is charismatic should not be held against him. For the past 20 years, Rabbi Uzi Meshulam has been involved over the issue of Yalde Teman. He claims to have collected a great deal of material, much of which was from secret files. For two days I interviewed all the students individually in Ramle prison. They have corroborated seeing all the damaging evidence..
    In my Memoir, I go into detail about the time I spent in Ramle prison with the Rabbi and his students. In all sincerity, if not for Rabbi Meshulam, the issue of Yalde Teman would never have reached the point where it is today, irrespective of the government trying to cover it up as it was embarrassed by the whole affair.
    The media and government officials just do not understand how religious students can be attached to their Rabbi. If they spent time in Bnei Brak, they would have a better understanding. So the only thing they could understand was a misconception: that he formed a “cult,” and was making a lot of noise about kidnapped children.
    Day after day, the media wrote about the “compound” that the Rabbi and his students hid in. If the police had allowed the media to get a closer look, they would have seen a simple home, a yard with a five-foot chain link fence; not a “compound.”.
    The media also painted a picture that “Meshulam and his followers amassed a cache of weapons”- as though they were storing weapons for a future shoot-out. The truth is there were only six weapons belonging to the soldiers who were his students. They lived on the other side of the Green Line and were licensed to carry their weapons. That was never disputed.
    The bottom line is the Yalde Teman Affair. The government wanted the issue to go away and Rabbi Meshulam was very much in their way and the center of the issue. It was just that simple.
    He is now a sick and broken man at home, not able to greet visitors, no less teach his students. I have scores of media articles from the Jerusalem Post, Reuters, A.P., U.P.I., Maariv and Yediot Achronot, writing such outlandish undocumented and unverified reports every day, that the Israeli public just did not have a true picture of him. I refuse to quote them and give their lies any more exposure.

    A YEMENITE RALLY AT THE KOTEL.
    On February 19, 1996, over a thousand Yemenites who claim their babies were kidnapped, finally banded together and decided to hold a peaceful rally at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. They had acquired proper permits. They constructed an appropriate stage and sound system. There was music and as Yemenites do, there was also traditional dancing. The two invited speakers were Rabbi Shlomo Korach, Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak and myself, representing YJFA. To our surprise, there were also over 200 police scrutinizing our rally.
    Towards the end of my speech, which was about the historical Yemenite contributions of culture to Israel since 1880. The draining of the swamps in the.

  2. Sampson Giat says:

    RABBI UZI MESHULAM.
    Rabbi Uzi Meshulam is a Rabbi in the town of Yahud. He has many students who live in the West Bank. Most of them served as I.D.F. officers and were past members of elite fighting units, including officers in intelligence. It is legal for them to carry arms.
    During the week of Pesach, March 24, 1994, the Rabbi’s students came to his house to sell their Chometz. A neighbor, with whom the Rabbi had an earlier dispute, saw many young men with firearms in the Rabbi’s yard. The neighbor called the police. This gave the police the opportunity to further harass the Rabbi for the twenty years Rabbi Meshulam had been collecting evidence of the systematic kidnapping of Yemenite children, which is damaging to the Israeli Government.
    An army of police surrounded the Rabbi’s home and asked the students to come out from behind the Rabbi’s low fence. One student came out and was immediately arrested. They were not congregating illegally. Upon seeing their fellow student being arrested, the rest of them refused to come out. This created a standoff until May 11, 1994. That’s 47 days!
    The next idiotic scene could have been out of a Spielberg movie: “The Invasion of Normandy,” if it were not so comical. Hundreds and hundreds of police, sharpshooters with scopes, sappers with a canine S.W.A.T. team and helicopters flying over this tiny house, wanting to evict Rabbi Meshulam and his students. They had done nothing illegal, but to be with their Rabbi to sell their Chometz. These were not just Yeshiva Buchers, but soldiers with training and ideals. The stupidity of the Israeli government and police created a standoff of 47 days. Neither side would budge. It culminated in a siege by forces to strength unprecedented, against a private home in Israel. They cut off the electricity and the phone lines and started shooting indiscriminately into the house in which Mrs. Meshulam and her young children ages between 6 months and 5 years were sleeping. The bullets shattered the windows over the heads of the children. When I visited the home, I saw countless bullet holes in the venetian blinds, the living room walls and the bedroom walls.
    Without any provocation, Shlomo Asulin a student and a sergeant in the IDF, was shot in the neck from behind, by a marksman using a telescope. He was trying to start a generator since the electricity was cut off. Court testimony proved Asulin never fired a weapon.
    He was not dead, but bleeding profusely. A young man, Nathan Shifriss, picked up a megaphone and called out to the police to bring over an ambulance that was close by. The police refused, and as a result Shlomo Asulin bled to death.
    Most Israelis familiar with the “Meshulam Incident” received their information only from newspapers and TV. There was a concerted effort by the government, the police and the media to discredit Rabbi Meshulam to a point of comparing them to the David Koresh Cult of 1993 called the ‘Branch Davidians.’ All of that was so far from the truth. Rabbi Meshulam and his students were subsequently arrested. Rabbi Meshulam received an eight-year sentence, and eleven of his students received six-year sentences for the crime of sedition.. After appeals they were still languishing in jail, as though they were Israel’s most hardened criminals.
    I received a letter from Yitzhak Nir, the warden of the Ramle Prison and signed by Rabbi Uzi Meshulam. I was requested along with Amnesty International to visit on April 13, 1996 and report on the conditions of their incarceration, and their two week hunger strike, because two of his students were already urinating and coughing up blood.
    Before I got involved with Meshulam’s problem, I wanted assurances from Rabbi Shlomo Korach, Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Arussi, Chief Rabbi of Kiriat Ono and Rabbi Ariel Gamliel, Deputy Minister of Religion and member of the Knesset. In every instance, they assured me that Rabbi Meshulam is a bona fide Rabbi, who teaches students as they do. The fact that he is charismatic should not be held against him. For the past 20 years, Rabbi Uzi Meshulam has been involved over the issue of Yalde Teman. He claims to have collected a great deal of material, much of which was from secret files. For two days I interviewed all the students individually in Ramle prison. They have corroborated seeing all the damaging evidence..
    In my Memoir, I go into detail about the time I spent in Ramle prison with the Rabbi and his students. In all sincerity, if not for Rabbi Meshulam, the issue of Yalde Teman would never have reached the point where it is today, irrespective of the government trying to cover it up as it was embarrassed by the whole affair.
    The media and government officials just do not understand how religious students can be attached to their Rabbi. If they spent time in Bnei Brak, they would have a better understanding. So the only thing they could understand was a misconception: that he formed a “cult,” and was making a lot of noise about kidnapped children.
    Day after day, the media wrote about the “compound” that the Rabbi and his students hid in. If the police had allowed the media to get a closer look, they would have seen a simple home, a yard with a five-foot chain link fence; not a “compound.”.
    The media also painted a picture that “Meshulam and his followers amassed a cache of weapons”- as though they were storing weapons for a future shoot-out. The truth is there were only six weapons belonging to the soldiers who were his students. They lived on the other side of the Green Line and were licensed to carry their weapons. That was never disputed.
    The bottom line is the Yalde Teman Affair. The government wanted the issue to go away and Rabbi Meshulam was very much in their way and the center of the issue. It was just that simple.
    He is now a sick and broken man at home, not able to greet visitors, no less teach his students. I have scores of media articles from the Jerusalem Post, Reuters, A.P., U.P.I., Maariv and Yediot Achronot, writing such outlandish undocumented and unverified reports every day, that the Israeli public just did not have a true picture of him. I refuse to quote them and give their lies any more exposure.

    A YEMENITE RALLY AT THE KOTEL.
    On February 19, 1996, over a thousand Yemenites who claim their babies were kidnapped, finally banded together and decided to hold a peaceful rally at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. They had acquired proper permits. They constructed an appropriate stage and sound system. There was music and as Yemenites do, there was also traditional dancing. The two invited speakers were Rabbi Shlomo Korach, Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak and myself, representing YJFA. To our surprise, there were also over 200 police scrutinizing our rally.
    Towards the end of my speech, which was about the historical Yemenite contributions of culture to Israel since 1880. The draining of the swamps in the.

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