Attack on Ortiz family, Yaakov Teitel and his Yad L’Achim connections

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the web site of the Ortiz family, a family of Messianic Jews from Ariel whose 14 year old son was almost killed by a bomb left at their doorstep disguised as a Purim basket.   This story rocked the Messianic Jewish community in Israel in 2009 as persecution of Israeli Jews who believe in Yeshua often happens, but this is the first known attempted murder on this group.

A man who has been suspected as being responsible is named as Yaakov (or Jacob) Teitel, a US immigrant Orthodox Jew also suspected of the shooting at a homosexual youth club in Tel Aviv and murder of Palestinian taxi driver and shephard.

Three years later, the case is still on going.  Sadly, Israel TV channel Arutz Sheva, think the attack on Ami Ortiz isn’t worth mentioning in recent updates.

Israel newspaper Haaretz says he was a member of Yad L’achim for 5 years.

Yaakov Teitel doesn’t really show remorse for what he did or was accused of, with a cheerful salute after being arrested.   He seems to do this quite a lot in a lot of news stories.   Heres a quick Google image search…

Surely he wouldn’t be a made an icon for any other ultra-orthodox extremists we hope?   Actually this is where our next blog post comes in…..