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This story has some very disturbing elements to it. So disturbing that I was brought to tears, and even now, just writing about it, I find myself crying again.

Here's a PG-rated summary:
So-called haredi "Rabbi" Elior Chen is suspected of leading a cult (in Israel) that believed that torturing children would remove the "devil" from them. Israeli authorities have arrested some of the parents involved, but Chen and one of his followers have fled to Canada.

Israel is now seeking extradition.

If you have a strong stomach, I refer you to these other news sources.

Again, let me warn you that the tortures are quite horrific. (To put it in perspective, the details describe tortures far worse than anything that's gone on at Guantanamo Bay detention camp; some children have been hospitalized, and at least one has permanent brain damage.)

There's been quite a bit of coverage in the mainstream Canadian Press: http://news.google.com/news?q=Rabbi+Elior+Chen

I was first alerted to the story through this message from Naomi Ragen's mailing list: http://archive.mail-list.com/naomiragen/msg01480.html
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