Haredim Steal Woman’s Body To Prevent Autopsy


The riot last May in Ashdod.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Police were conducting searches in Beit Shemesh on Sunday morning for the body of a woman who died overnight Saturday.

Haredi residents of Beit Shemesh have reportedly hidden the woman’s body to prevent the police from taking it for an autopsy, which is prohibited according to Jewish law.

Police detectives questioned the woman’s husband and family to establish the cause of death, but so far there is no suspicion of foul play…

Similar cases in the past include the riots that broke out in Jerusalem following the autopsy in February 2006 of Frida Wiesel, an 89-year old woman who died during a burglary, and the deaths of two babies who were cared for in the same Jerusalem day-care center and died within 13 days of each other in December 1999.…

The haredi parents of the two infants refused to have autopsies performed, and thus health officials never discovered the cause of the infants’ deaths.

Ynet has more:

The corpse of a 40-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman found in Ramat Beit Shemesh Saturday was snatched by residents of the area, preventing the body from being transferred for an autopsy.

The search for the body by the Israel Police continued Sunday morning, and they believe the woman has not yet been buried.

The body was found in an open field and an inspection by a Magen David Adom crew found no marks of violence on the woman, prompting the crew to take her to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute to determine the cause of death.

A few hundred haredim living in the neighborhood arrived at the scene and forcibly prevented police from moving the body.

In the riots, four police officers were lightly injured and three men were arrested for assault.

After successfully keeping police from the body, the haredim carried it away, possibly to one of the neighborhood synagogues.…

Ha’aretz adds:

…"Several hundred members of the ultra-Orthodox community approached policemen at the scene and injured four officers and snatched the body," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

"We did not ask to carry out an autopsy on the woman. They grabbed the body thinking we wanted to carry one out," he said.…

After an extensive police search and lengthy negotiations with rabbis, the ultra-Orthodox community handed the body over to a hospital on Sunday for an external examination to determine the cause of death. The body was later buried.…



Filed under Crime, Haredim, Israel

8 responses to “Haredim Steal Woman’s Body To Prevent Autopsy

  1. Anonymous

    check out


    for an interesting comment re. how even 100 years ago rabbis covered up sexual abuse

  2. Ahavat bat Sarah

    Well, her killer can rest easy now. His crime has been covered up by his cronies. Women dare not defy their husband/father/brother now, however degrading, abusive, or unendurable their situation may be, knowing if they are killed, no one will even be able to investigate. Fine with the men – that’s just the way they want it. “Shut up and do what you’re told, bitch, or you’ll be dead and no one will ever know how.” Yeah, God’s fine with that. Never mind that the body is going to shortly be a bloated, oozing, rotted mass of gross-looking crud in a few days anyway – God doesn’t want a mark on it. Yeah, that’s it – God said not to investigate cause of death. Self-serving? No, no – it’s a commandment that doesn’t appear anywhere in the written text. It’s not self-serving. We’re not hiding murders or anything like that. We would never hurt a fly. God secretly told us not to have autopsies, that’s all.

  3. Ben Qor'ha (Baldwin)

    As terrible as the story is, this is not the reason. Even if the deceased was a man the attitude will be the same.
    This necrophilia is a present to judaism from the qabbalah sorcerers.
    In fact, often in Israel you will find haredis protesting digs for construction that reveal burried bones.

  4. Ben Qor'ha (Baldwin)

    I look at the angry mob, and wonder, what do we have in common with those idiots?
    Are we to believe they are really Jewish?

  5. Anonymous

    “As terrible as the story is,”

    This is disgraceful, and even more symbolic of the contempt that they have for state laws, not to mention the disrepect they practice towards the authorities.

    Sadly, the talmedians rule.

  6. Yochanan Lavie

    “This necrophilia is a present to judaism from the qabbalah sorcerers.
    In fact, often in Israel you will find haredis protesting digs for construction that reveal burried bones.”

    Charedim have been known to violently protest archaeological digs for similar reasons. (Particulary Meshi-Zahav & co.). When archaeologists uncover Byzantine Christian cemetaries, complete with crosses, thye shrei gevalt, on the off chance that the Byzantines were re-using a Jewish cemetary. They do not know how to differentiate animal bones from human bones, and have stolen animal bones from archaelogists to re-inter them in Jewish cemetaries, as “the bones of our ancestors!” I don’t remember the specifics, but I do remember reading about those incidents in the Jerusalem Post, in the 1980’s or 90’s.

  7. Modern Jew

    They have nothing in common with true Jew like you and me-tehy are religious nuts with more in common with Islamofacists-then us-Mainstream Judism needs to excommunicate them and stop giving them welfare money from all sources.

    I for one am for eliminating any Federation or Jafi support to any haredi organisation. Let Hashem provide not us.

  8. Ahavat bat Sarah

    Well, Ben, should I feel less outraged if the body had been a male sexual abuse victim who threatened to go public? No, I wouldn’t. I was just speaking for the dead, who in this case happened to be female. And we women have a great deal more to fear from cover-ups of crime than you men do.

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