Lev Tahor: A Perverse Form of Investigative Journalism


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Members of Lev Tahor

As part of their Passover edition, Ami Magazine published several articles about Lev Tahor. They were interviews with Ariel Goldman of Lev Tahor, Denis Baraby of Quebec’s Youth Protection Department, Lev Tahor’s immigration lawyer Guidy Mamaan, an article by physicist Bernard Fryshman, and an article about a visit to Lev Tahor by Yitzchok Frankfurter, the magazine’s editor.

Until now, I have never heard of Ami Magazine. Nevertheless, the article has stirred up a great deal of anger within certain segments of the Jewish community.ami magazxine

Ami Magazine has been described as an anti-Zionist propaganda publication geared to Hareidi Jewish anti-Zionists. If I was reading these articles as a passenger on an Air Canada flight, I would be trying to grab the “sick sac” which would normally be located in the rear pocket of the seat directly in front of me.

One word comes to mind when describing Yitzchok Frankfurter’s views on many issues concerning Judaism, and that word is: demented. When one tries to put forward the hypothesis that the greatest cause for the Holocaust was Zionism, what other conclusion could one have?

These articles on Lev Tahor are not entirely factual but are distortions of reality because of the editorial liberties taken through Frankfurter’s omissions and biases. My conclusion after reading the articles was that Frankfurter should sit “shiva” (that is begin the 7 day morning period) for the loss of unbiased, balanced, even-handed investigative journalism.

Frankfurter begins his article by unjustly colouring the raid by CBSA officers on the community. He describes it as mere immigration visa lapses.ami 1

These immigration lapses involved Avraham Kabaz Kashani, 39, Odel Malka, 30, and Yochanan Lauer, 19.

Kashani first came to Canada on a temporary resident visa in 2000, and made multiple attempts but failed to gain legal status. Once his avenues for appeal were exhausted, he was ordered out of the country in 2007. He did not leave voluntarily, and never contacted authorities about his situation before he was arrested this week. More than likely, if anything, it was immigration’s incompetence that allowed him to go underground and overstay in Canada. So, 7 years of tolerating his presence in Canada, is not exactly acting in a hasty manner.

Apparently, Kashani did not leave in 2007 because his wife was expecting to give birth. That child is now 7 years of age and Kashani was still in Canada this month. From my understanding he has since been deported. Certainly authorities could have waited another day or two to have him deported from Canada.

Odel Malka was ordered to leave in 2002, but only left in 2012. She then returned using a fake passport.

My dear Rabbi Frankfurter, that was not an immigration lapse; it is out and out fraud. Why are you trying to mislead your readers and members of the public?

Frankfurter also interviewed Denis Baraby of Quebec’s Youth Protection Department and referred to Baraby’s observations of poor housekeeping, foot fungus and garbage on the floors as being a weak attempt to constitute enough proof which would warrant the removal of these children and their placement in foster homes.

ami 2He goes to great lengths repeatedly to stress his point that proof of physical abuse has never been found. Unfortunately, Frankfurter conveniently omitted any reference to the December 2012 incident of a 17-year-old pregnant girl, who was taken to hospital by ambulance, was sexually abused by her father and beaten by her brother, adding that she had been married off at age 15.

Frankfurter makes reference to the two television documentaries made by the CBC’s 5th Estate and Global Television’s 16×9 program. But he conveniently forgets to mention the follow-up piece by 5th Estate called “After the Cameras Went Away”. This program shows film coverage of Lev Tahor children being manipulated into hysteria.

I can’t say that Frankfurter is being purposely led down the “garden path”. In actuality he may be playing follow the leader and happily leading everyone else within the Hareidi community down that same path.

Frankfurter has caused so much outrage that former Lev Tahor member Mendy Marcus has created the following video as his response to Ami Magazine and to set the record straight.


One thought on “Lev Tahor: A Perverse Form of Investigative Journalism

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