Earlier this month, Leah Ortiz wrote, regarding the bombing of her son Ami:
We’ve been asked if anti-human rights groups like Yad L’ achim and http://www.jewishisrael.com/, which are dedicated to demonizing and harassing Messianic Jews, were involved. I will say that Teitel is a perfect example of a man that has taken their ideology and message of hate and suspicion, and has taken it to the next level of acting out that message.
Haaretz reported on Jack Teitel:
His deadliest bomb was sent to the Ortiz family in Ariel. In the end of 2007, he found out online that the messianic Jewish family was proselytizing, and began collecting information. He contacted them through a false name from an Internet cafe, and said he wanted to pray with the community.
“He used to sit here a lot,” cafe owner Moshe Cohen told Haaretz. “Two months ago he was sitting here, and 10 minutes later five detectives came in and took his computer and the security camera tapes. After that I saw him in the news.”
Teitel placed a package near the door of the Ortiz household. The cleaning lady brought it inside, and the family’s teenage son Ami opened the box, and was seriously injured by the bomb.
Here is Teitel’s email to David Ortiz:
From: Daniel Ivgeny
Rabbi David Ortiz,
I would like to join your services with my girlfriend Ronit, to see if we would like it. I am not very religious, but I feel very close to God. I live in Eli, so traveling is not a problem.
Please tell me when you will have next service, and where we should go. I look forward to hearing from you.
Of course, false identities and mis-information are the order of the day for Yad L’Achim.
This from the Yad L’Achim website:
We fight the missionaries in a variety of ways, some of which, due to their sensitive nature, can’t be described in detail. One of our most important functions is to track the activities of missionaries and respond to them in appropriate ways.
Then there’s this:
Fighting the missionaries, who have millions of dollars a year at their disposal, has long been one of Yad L’Achim’s top priorities.
And worst of all, this:
As head of Yad L’Achim’s anti-missionary department, Rabbi Artovksi monitors the activities of the more than 100 messianic congregations in Israel. But it isn’t enough to know what they’re doing today – which neighborhoods they are canvassing or which workplaces they have infiltrated. He makes it his business to know what they are planning for tomorrow.
“You’ve got to know what the enemy has in store for you,” Rabbi Artovski tells an interviewer in his office at Yad L’Achim’s headquarters in Bnei Brak. “When and where they plan to distribute missionary material, when and where they plan to hold baptism ceremonies, when and where they intend to hold seminars for the unsuspecting public.”
And how does he obtain such information? It’s difficult to imagine him, with his black beard and classic chareidi attire, knocking on the door of, say, Beit Immanuel in Jaffa and asking its leader, David Lazarus, for a sneak preview of coming missionary attractions.
“Intelligence,” he answers.
Like any army, Yad L’Achim understands that it needs accurate information to effectively fight the enemy. Scores of operatives are out in the field gleaning information and many others are in the office interpreting what it means and planning how to respond.
Part of the intelligence-gathering process involves informers at the highest echelons. The United States, Holland, Germany and Norway are major sources of funding and training for missionaries in Israel – and a source of information for Yad L’Achim.
“We have an army of informers at the very highest levels of J’s Witnesses and the Messianic Jews who give us accurate, up-to-date information,” says Rabbi Artovski.
The informers help Rabbi Artovski in two ways: They provide him with the kind of accurate information – for a price – and they shake up the higher echelons of the missionary organizations. “If eight years ago, there was an air of confidence among them, today there is suspicion,” Rabbi Artovksi explains. “They are paranoid and suspicious of one another.”
Yad L’Achim have developed a counter-culture in which it is acceptable to spy, lie and intimidate about Messianic Jews. Was Jack Teitel affiliated with Yad L’Achim at all, or did he simply find comfort in their ideology and tactics? What does Yad L’Achim do to ensure it doesn’t employ or contact people with murderous wishes? What does Yad L’Achim do to calm down tensions, or to reduce extremism?
Nothing, of course, for Yad L’Achim is itself a fascist organisation, supported by Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yishai. Unless Yad L’Achim changes soon, or Israeli authorities force it to change, then every Israeli citizen should be alert to a group which acts in total defiance to democratic law, and has nothing to offer normal people.