Chief rabbi’s family embroiled in scandal

Sunday, May 08, 2005 | 
The wife, daughter and son of Israel's chief rabbi Shlomo Amar have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assault! Police say they abducted and beat a 17-year-old Orthodox youth because they objected to his relationship with the rabbi's 18-year-old daughter, Ayala. Dating is forbidden in ultra-Orthodox circles, and the suspects say they were defending the family’s honor. Police say Ayala lured the unidentified youth to a car and her brother Meir grabbed him at knifepoint and took him to a house, where he was beaten for several hours. Rabbi Amar says he was not involved but expressed anger that police made the matter public. Ayala and her friend met over the Internet.

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