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Victim of Scientology Recites his Plight as Church’s New Tel-Aviv Center Is Inaugurated

Scientology Center, Tel Aviv

Scientology Center, Tel Aviv

“Then that same evening after we had taken out the loan, she tells me she had taken out 3,000 dollars and donated it to Scientology. So I ask her, How could you do it? How could you donate 3,000 dollars to Scientology? Do you understand what you’ve done? It was a betrayal of my parents, a betrayal of my brother, a betrayal of the entire world. And look at our fridge – the fridge is empty.

“I told her, Please give me the phone number of the person you gave the money to, because we must get it back…

“She gave me the number and I’m calling him, and I say, you must give us back this money, because we don’t have food in the house. So he says to me, Erez, we are on the same side in this war. So I say to him, don’t you understand that for me this is a war for survival? And I’m looking at my wife and I’m saying, Tell him… Tell him we must have this money back, we don’t have shoes, we don’t have food for the children…

“And then the most terrifying thing happens, as I turn the receiver in her direction, and she suddenly presses back against the wall…”

Apparently, they did not receive the money back.

Meshulam continued: I’ll take you forward to 2007, when she comes up to me and says, I need 80 thousand shekel ($20,000). I mean, I’ve seen my own ID card, and it doesn’t say Meshulam Riklis, or Rothschild. But since at that point I already had my doctorate on Scientology, so I asked her, 80 thousand out of what? Out of 200 thousand? 300 thousand? Stop me when I reach the limit. 700 thousand?

“The thing is, she wanted to become clear. Clear means that you are cleansed of everything. And then all the aliens that invaded you a billion years ago – they’re all cleaned away.”

But, obviously, the financial damage was not the only thing Erez Meshulam had to endure.

“She left the house, of course,” he told IDF Radio. “And she came back four months later, and then, one day, she asks me, Why don’t you love me? So I said, You want to know why I don’t love you? So she said, yes. So I said, Fine, this evening, when all the kids return home, we’ll sit down in a circle and I’ll tell you why I don’t love you.

“It’s evening, we’re all sitting around the table, and I tell the children, I love you, you are the dearest thing to me in the world. Then I looked at my wife and told her, Now you tell the children how much you love them.

“She wasn’t able to tell the children that she loved them.”

“She didn’t say a word?”

“Nothing. She tried to express something, but she couldn’t say the word. You must understand, every person who objects to Scientology is considered a repressive person. And my children, because of the abandonment and all the things they experienced, they were against the Scientology. So in her eyes they were considered repressive people.

“How were they able to take a human being and dismantle her. She used to be an amazing woman… There are moments when she comes up and says, Don’t you understand that I’m happy? So I say, You don’t have your children, how can you be happy? The home you used to have is not the same home. How can you be happy?”

Meshulam said today, Tuesday, was a very sad day. “How can it be,” he asked, “that the Tel Aviv city council decided to give them the Alhambra Theater edifice – Farid al Atrash, Um Kulthum (mythical Egyptian singers) appeared there, My Fair Lady was staged there, it’s a historic place in Israel – to a center that takes advantage of people and hurts people…”

He told IDF Radio that the Scientology group functions clandestinely. A person may be asking for business consulting, and the expert that arrives in his office could be a Scientologist. The center offers very attractive sounding courses, such as a “Parents’ Academy,” which is being run across the country. “The people running this academy are the fishermen and the parents are the fish,” he said.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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