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May 20, 1994 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-05-20

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Uzi Meshulam is led away by plain - clothes policemen.

100 or so men, women and chil- night as dozens of cars filled with
dren who had been holed up in- the cult leader's devotees pulled
up to the house, and the loud-
side.
Police found an arsenal of sub- speakers in the yard were turned
machine guns, rifles, pistols, gas up to broadcast Rav Uzi's angry
canisters, Molotov cocktails, axes sermons against all the Israeli
and thousands of bullets inside. "Nazis" who, he claimed, had
The cultists had barricaded the committed "a Holocaust in the
yard with sandbags and barrels Holy Land" over 40 years ago.
The Meshulam cult's demand
filled with rocks, vowing that they
would kill and die rather than was and is for a judicial commis-
sion of inquiry, with the power
surrender.
"What happened in Waco with and prestige of the one currently
David Koresh was a model for investigating the Hebron mas-
what we didn't want to happen sacre, to probe the disappearance
of many Yemenite children who
here," a police official said.
Police held back, talked regu- immigrated to Israel from 1949-
larly with Mr. Meshulam, let him 52.
For all the cult's bizarreness
get overconfident, and finally
tricked him into an ambush. Af- and paranoia — they believe the
ter a day of negotiations — dur- Shin Bet and the entire Israeli
ing which one 19-year-old Ashkenazi establishment secret-
follower was killed by police af- ly sold 4,500 Yemenite children
ter he started shooting up the into adoption to fund the build-
street — Mr. Meshulam told his ing of the new State of Israel —
their demand for an inquiry is
followers to give in.
Mr. Meshulam and about 80 anything but eccentric.
Sixty-eight of the 120 Knesset
others were hit with a long list of
charges, beginning with at- members are behind it. Lower-
tempted murder stemming from level official investigations into
the shots fired and Molotov cock- the tragedy of the "children of

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