What gets me is the need for sensationalism by members of the media, just to sell newspapers. The Globe and Mail described it as follows :
… a flotilla of vehicles from the Canadian Border Services Agency, Chatham-Kent Children’s Services and the Chatham-Kent Police Services rolled into Lev Tahor’s cluster of bungalows on the outskirts of Chatham, Ont.
What’s a flotilla? It is a fleet of ships or boats. How many boats are there in a flotilla? According to Wikianswers, there are 2 or more boats in a flotilla. If there were 3 agencies involved in making these arrests, and if each agency brought 3 vehicles in making these arrests, there may have been a total of 9 vehicles involved. The press attempts to describe it as a re-enactment of the D-Day landing in Normandy.
What is interesting is that it is a complete departure from previous enforcement and arrest actions taken by authorities. Before, these actions centred on allegations of child abuse, physical abuse, health, hygiene, and forced marriages of girls as young as 14 years of age. These were issues pertaining to the courts.
Now these issues are immigration matters. They could include illegal entry into Canada, the use of false documents to enter the country, falsely seeking refugee status, or even the expiry of visas, and especially visitor visas. If the latter is true, then why did these people enter Canada as visitors when they had the intent to stay in the country as residents? Is this misrepresentation?
Contravention of Canada’s Immigration Act by members of Lev Tahor is something that I have argued about for a long time.
Uriel Goldman, a cult spokesperson responded to the enforcement action by saying: “the community was shocked by the authorities’ actions since his group had been expecting a meeting between Lev Tahor lawyers and immigration officials within days”.
Wake up Uriel, everyone in Canada is required to have their status regularized, legitimized or legalized to avoid contravening Canada’s Immigration Act. In other words, they broke the law by not renewing their status before it expired. They were in Canada illegitimately or illegally!
Now one of their lawyers has removed himself from the case. With respect to Lev Tahor, the changing of lawyers has become a common re-occurrence. This might be indicative their leaving outstanding debts in Quebec.
Maybe they were following in the footsteps of their fearless leader, the self proclaimed Rabbi, Shlomo Helbrans who gained entry into Canada as a refugee through deceit and paying people to make false statements about him. Saying that he is a refugee is like making the argument, that if your aunt had balls, she would be your uncle! In fact, he is a convicted kidnapper who has as much right to be in Canada, as a convicted war criminal who has misrepresented himself.
True to form, Lev Tahor is continuing its soap opera and claims of harassment by the authorities because of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, when they could be guilty of being in this country illegally. It has nothing to do with their religion, or the way that practice their religion. It is based on the fact that they may be in Canada illegally and nothing more.
It just shows you that they tend to operate by denial and by stretching the truth and by claiming anti-Semitism as their only argument.