Reports strongly suggest Rabbi Berland nabbed

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UPDATED - RABBI IN HOSPITAL? HAWKS' STATEMENT IMMINENT! Unsubstantiated reports poured in on Thursday that the elusive Rabbi Eliezer Berland was arrested by police. At this time there were no SAPS or Hawks spokesmen on duty, but credible sources confirmed news that Rabbi Berland was arrested this morning and was being held in a cell at a police station.
by ANT KATZ | Apr 07, 2016


Police then had to positively establish the identity of Rabbi Berland, which they reportedly did this afternoon.

Rabbi Berland has been on the run all over Africa and Europe for the past three years, much of it in South Africa, with the Israeli authorities after him for alleged sex offences which  his supporters and lawyers claimed to be "spurious" and result from words, rather than deeds, in that he was supposedly assisting women whose husbands refused to give them a get (Jewish divorce).

 The Hawks confirmed this morning that they are preparing a media statement, which SAJR will publish on Facebook and the website as soon as it is released (expected by 12 noon). Other reports say that Rabbi Berland (who is known to be sickly) is under police guard in a private hospital this morning Stay tuned for the Hawks' media statement.

Berland has previously evaded three attempts by the Hawks to arrest him over the past two years, having been present initially at all three places. He dramatically escaped from SA to Holland after the second attempt to apprehend him and later disappeared from the Netherlands when an appeals court denied his attempt to overturn an earlier court-ordered extradition to Israel to answer to several “sex-pest” allegations.

BERLAND WAS SUPPOSED TO SURRENDER TO POLICE four weeks ago, which his lawyer subsequently renegotiated to Monday this week. But he was again a no-show. His lawyer had agreed that he hand himself over to elite police unit, The Hawks, who would verify his identity and hand him over to Interpol – who would in turn ensure that he be handed over to the Israeli police.

But the community was sceptical when Berland’s attorney and the National Prosecuting Authority said they had arranged that the rabbi-on-the-run would hand himself over.


After the Hawks’ second failed attempt to arrest Rabbi Berland, he escaped to Holland. When the Dutch rejected his appeal against their order to extradite him, he sneaked back into South Africa with a band of about 200 followers from his Shuvu Banim Breslov sect which operates out of a yeshiva in Jerusalem.

The number of followers grew and the Hawks and Interpol missed arresting him for a third time two months ago at a Midrand hotel.


  1. 4 nat cheiman 07 Apr
    The Hawks missed him twice . And he was in SA.
    How on earth are they going to bring back RBP?
    We are dealing with halfwits here.
  2. 3 LJ 08 Apr
    Good! Send him back to face the full might of the law!
  3. 2 Lisanne 08 Apr
    Ronald, Darren and Lisa Bobroff will be easier to apprehend unlike Rabbi Berland they don't have a whole lot of followers who look just like them. No wonder the Hawks were confused
  4. 1 Marcelle Ravid 11 Apr
    How did Israeli border control allow him through to board a plane to SA??


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