Five arrested for allegedly blackmailing haredi journalist

January 26, 2011 21:12


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Jerusalem Police has been investigating for the past few days whether Peretz Hirschenbaum, Director of the charity Mifaal Hayim, and David Roth, Director of American Friends of Mifall Hayim, attempted to blackmail influential haredi journalist Dudi Zilbershlag. The Jerusalem Municipal Court lifted a gag order on the case on Monday afternoon.

Five people have reportedly been arrested in connection to the suspected blackmail.

Hirschenbaum and Roth allegedly sent an actress who pretended to be a Bikur Holim Hospital donor to a Jerusalem hotel with Zilbershlag, and took pictures of the woman giving Zilbershlag a massage, as well as other intimate photos.

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