Introducing Alex Artovski, reportedly a former Soviet policeman, former Israeli policeman and current head of Yad L’Achim’s anti-Missionary department.
A few years ago Artovski once boasted to the Orthodox newspaper HaModia that he uses all the tricks of his former trade as a policeman in the oppressive Soviet regime. It is a bit odd then that Yad L’Achim are considering taking Calev Myers, a Messianic Jewish lawyer, to court for describing their tactics as similar to such totalitarian regimes when Artovski made a similar claim himself!
Artovski (Artovsky), in his late forties, early fifties, uses various techniques to wage war against Messianic Jews and missionaries, amongst them included his going undercover and pretending to be interested in Yeshua. He targets the weak inside the congregation and then intensively works on them to ‘save their souls’.
Artovski boasted that he has paid ’informants’ in nearly all Israel’s Messianic congregations as well as informants abroad in the upper echelons of the Messianic movement.
Yad L’Achim’s Facebook page state: The Jewish soul is a precious, all-too-rare resource, and we are not prepared to give up on even a single one. .. There are no “lost causes.” Yad L’Achim will continue its rescue activities, together with its efforts at Jewish outreach, as long as the problem of missionaries and Jewish-Arab marriage…” Yad L’Achim really believes it has soul rights on all Jews and will do anything to bring secular, atheist, Reform, agnostic, Messianic Jewish souls to Orthodox Judaism, and the Rebbe!
Yad L’Achim have been linked to the Ami-bomber by Teitel himself who claims he was one of their volunteer activists, a claim Yad L’Achim are predictably quick to refute. However such was the case when Yad L’Achim switched stories when a Chabadnik Yad L’Achim volunteer Raphael Miriashvili, 25, of Lod was found murdered in Israel.
Artovski is no stranger to both sides of the law and knows the terrain well.
In 2007 Artovsky and other Yad L’Achim activists were arrested by the Israeli police and later released after being questioned about the abduction of an Arab man who had been in a relationship with a Jewish woman.
Artovsky will appear in court in March alongside the Chief Rabbi of Beersheva to answer charges that they were involved in instigating a riot at a Messianic Jewish place a worship in Beersheva, December 2005.
Here is an in-depth interview with Artovski on his conversion to Chabad Lubavitch Judaism, his veneration of the Rebbe and entry into Yad L’Achim in 1995, which he says was an organisation precious to the Rebbe. The Rebbe blessed Rabbi Lifshitz, the director of Yad L’Achim and said he’d win all his battles. When Artovski is asked where he was born he answers that a Jew is born on the day that he sees the Rebbe. The Rebbe, he says, still rules the world today!
He talks about missionaries as the “apostles of Satan” as he tells the story of a boy in a Chabad school with a kippah with the Yehi (“Yehi Adoneinu Moreinu veRabbeinu – Melech HaMeshiach – LeOlam vaEd”) written on it, being secretly videoed in a Messianic Jewish congregation by a Yad L’Achim spy. Artovski and his informant hunt down the boy and find out he was taken by his grandmother, who is his legal guardian since his mother is still in Russia, however since he goes to a Chabad school, Artovski believes that he has soul rights over the child more than the child’s own family and calls him into his office to present him with the video evidence, causes the child to cry and puts him off going to anymore meetings with his grandmother. (video in Hebrew).
Artovski’s Yad L’Achim believe all Jews belong to them and they can and will do whatever it takes, even if it takes them to the edge of the law, to convert them to Chabad Judaism to see the Rebbe and be born-again Jews.