web analytics
October 23, 2014 / 29 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Tensions with Catholics Force Lev Tahor Out of Guatemala Village

Mixing the Haredi Lev Tahor cult with a bunch of fiercely religious Roman Catholics is a recipe for dynamite.
By:
Lev Tahor children, in black garb, play with their toys.

Lev Tahor children, in black garb, play with their toys.
Photo Credit: Canadian Jewish Press

Members of the controversial Haredi sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village after religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents.

Over 200 members of the community began leaving Thursday after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members.

The move is one of many recent disruptions for the group, which has been targeted with child abuse allegations in Canada.

Lev Tahor had maintained a small presence in San Juan La Laguna, a village about 90 miles west of Guatemala City, for about six years, but it expanded considerably in March after a contingent arrived complaining of persecution by Canadian authorities.

Tensions appear to have flared after the newcomers arrived, and leaders of the village told news agencies that the group sought to impose its practices on the indigenous peoples.

Miguel Vasquez Cholotio, a member of the elders’ council, told Reuters the sect members refused to greet or have physical contact with anyone outside their community.

“We felt intimidated by them in the streets. We thought they wanted to change our religion and customs,” he said. Vasquez Cholotio told AFP that the villagers “need to conserve and preserve our culture.”

Uriel Goldman, a spokesman for Lev Tahor, told Reuters that the group had friendly relations with the locals, and was the victim of charges by a minority among the village’s leaders. He said the group would seek another site in Guatemala to settle.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Tensions with Catholics Force Lev Tahor Out of Guatemala Village”

  1. Kind of like the Islamists wanting you to be like them or die….it’s ok for Guatemala to kick these religious extremists out but not ok for Israel to fight to keep Islam extremists from taking over Israel….little hipocracy there ……

  2. Lots of hipocracy, first step to freedom is to,outlaw Islam’s law. No Muslim is allowed substitute Sharia for the law of the Land. Then we have to get all Muslims and Muslim supporters out of government. Islam law is treason.

  3. Lots of hipocracy, first step to freedom is to,outlaw Islam’s law. No Muslim is allowed substitute Sharia for the law of the Land. Then we have to get all Muslims and Muslim supporters out of government. Islam law is treason.

  4. Carolin Knox says:

    Never heard of Lev Zahor, but I have never heard of Jewish proselytizing. (Since Torah times). Anybody know anything about this?

  5. Neeta Green says:

    The Catholic church is in bed with Islam.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Chaye Zissel Braun Grave
Convicted Terrorists Still Have Drivers’ Licenses, But . . .
Latest News Stories
Chaye Zissel Braun Grave

The Legal Forum for Israel calls on Transportation Minister Katz to amend the law and revoke drivers’ licenses of convicted terrorists.

Canadian policeman at scene of terrorist attack in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Kerry still thinks Muslim terror in Israel is different from elsewhere.

The Shabbos Project: South African Jews show their unity with Toronto.

This Friday, millions of Jews in 340 cities around the world will be ‘keeping it together.’ The 7th day. Shabbat.

Passengers waiting for a train in Tel Aviv.

After decades of using diesel-powered locomotives, Israel Railways is going “electric.”

The real news will be when the West wakes up before it won’t be able to wake up.

Were you on the plane? Let us know what really happened.

Terror? Of course not. The Arab driver lost control of his steam shovel after being prematurely shot.

The first intifada began with Ishmael 3,500 years ago and never ended.

The funeral for Chaye Zisel Braun began at midnight Wednesday night.

Al-Shaloudi was the nephew of the former Hamas chief and bombmaker Mohiyedine Sharif.

Arab media describes Hamas vehicular terrorist attack as ‘Palestinian ‘shot dead’ by Israeli police.’

Police tried to reach the home of the driver in Wednesday’s attack.

Hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the world who are part of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governor will convene in Ashkelon, one of Hamas favorite targets for rockets and missiles, next week. The Board had been set to meet in Mexico as part of its annual rotation amongst the world’s Jewish communities, […]

With all due respect to the IDF, since when is drug smuggling not linked to terror?

A demonstration by 10,000 in Isfahan for women’s rights has morphed into a protest against Iran’s regime.

More Articles from JTA

The mortar, which hit Israel on Tuesday morning, did not cause any injuries or damage.

Leslie W., 48, and his partner Akiwa H., 56, are charged with having sold more than 88,000 pounds of non-kosher meat for a marked-up price.

New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz criticized the decision to not charge the suspect with a hate crime.

Former White House official Ron Klain has been tapped to coordinate the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Even more shocking is that Jews insist on remaining in France.

Two Penn State students who pleaded guilty to spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on a mostly Jewish fraternity house were sentenced to community service and probation. Eric Hyland, 20, was sentenced last week in Centre County Court to 200 hours of community service and two years’ probation, and was ordered to pay $6,000 restitution. Last month, Hayden […]

A Methodist who practices Buddhism, this will be the first time he portrays a Jew.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tensions-with-catholics-force-lev-tahor-out-of-guatemala-village/2014/08/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: