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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police arrested at least four people in connection with the Zilbershlag affair, including actress Tom Darom and Mifaal Hayim director Peretz Hirschenbaum, was taken into custody for questioning and later released.
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The Jerusalem Police has been
investigating whether Peretz Hirschenbaum, the director of Mifaal Hayim, tried to blackmail
Zilbershlag, who is also an influential journalist.
Magistrate’s Court lifted a gag order on the case on Tuesday.
people have reportedly been arrested in connection to the suspected blackmail,
which Zilbershlag had reported to police.
Hirschenbaum and Roth allegedly
sent an actress, Tom Darom, who posed as the daughter of a donor to Bikur Cholim
Hospital. Zilbershlag was director of Bikur Cholim until he resigned several
According to reports, Darom met with Zilbershlag twice at the
Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv with envelopes of cash for donation to Mifaal Hayim
had mentioned donating a large sum of over $100,000 to the hospital.
the third meeting, at the Ramada Renaissance in Jerusalem, Darom reportedly
convinced Zilbershlag to come to her hotel room to get a heavy painting that she
wanted to donate to the hospital. In the room, she offered to give
Zilbershlag a massage, which he accepted.
Zilbershlag told Channel 2 that
Darom massaged his knee while the two were both wearing robes, but insisted that
it went no further. He admitted that he was very close to doing more. “When I
look at myself, I can see that I stumbled,” he said.
allegedly hired by the suspects photographed the entire interaction in the hotel
room. A few days later, Zilbershlag allegedly received a text message warning
that the photos would be made public unless he dropped all the legal proceedings
with Hirschenbaum involving Mifaal Hayim
, at which point he went to the
Darom told the Hebrew media, “I was told that the work was as an
investigator and the goal was to expose the corruption of a public figure in the
haredi sector, and they emphasized that I needed to show that he did not observe
the rules of modesty.”
Hirschenbaum’s lawyers, Uri Keidar and Amir Barak,
released a statement saying that “Mr. Hirschenbaum has no connection or
involvement with this incident, and we regret the attempt to slander him and
blacken his name. Mr.
Hirschenbaum is a respected businessman in Israel
and the world and an outstanding philanthropist who dedicates his life to
helping tens of thousands of needy people in Israel.
complainant is a man with heavy debts who fools dozens of people and gained many
enemies,” Keidar and Barak said.
“Now he has been caught exhibiting
behavior that does not befit the moral values of the community he belongs to...
He is trying to move the spotlight from the heavy suspicions against him that
have been published in various media.”
Zilbershlag has been suspected of
illegally depositing NIS 1.6 million of Bikur Cholim funds into Mifaal Hayim
account. Zilbershlag and Hirschenbaum have been involved in legal disputes for
the past three years over Mifaal Hayim