Co-founder and chairman of the ZAKA volunteer emergency-response organization Yehuda Meshi Zahav, who resigned from the organization after evidence of sexual assault had surfaced against him, attempted suicide on Thursday. He was rushed to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he reported to be in critical condition.

The scandal involving Meshi Zahav broke in early March, days after he was nominated for the Israel Prize over his activities as ZAKA’s chief. The Israel Police’s Major Crimes Unit was tasked with investigating allegations of sexual assault, rape and abuse from six victims.

Meshi Zahav has denied any wrongdoing, but nonetheless relinquished the prize and resigned his position in ZAKA.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

JNS

Support
Jewish News Syndicate


With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.

Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.

If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.

We appreciate your support.