Two Lev Tahor members now on hunger strike

Two teenage girls belonging to the Lev Tahor sect are now on a hunger strike since Saturday, according to a member of the group.

The girls, aged 14 and 16, were part of the group that were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago last week. The nine members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect were flown back to Toronto over the weekend.

A Lev Tahor member, Miriam G. Helbrans, writes the girls "want to go only to their parents", rather than be placed in the care of the Children's Aid Society.

Helbrans says the 16-year-old was taken to hospital over the weekend and is "fighting for her life".

In November, several members of the cult left Ste-Agathe-des-Monts for Chatham, Ont., to dodge a Quebec court order forcing 14 of their children into foster care. Authorities allege the children were being mistreated and not properly educated.

Last month, an Ontario judge upheld the Quebec order. Last week, their lawyers were back in court to begin the appeal process — by which time, many of the children involved managed to flee the country with their parents.

Helbrans decries the lengths to which authorities in this country want them returned "alive or dead".

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  1. Moe Ginsburg posted on 03/11/2014 11:22 AM
    Apparently Canada feels it is better for the kids to die of hunger than for them to live with their parents.

    If the kids are going to starve themselves the alternative of them living with their parents is far better than seeing the kids die of starvation or at best keeping them hospitalized for months or years to force feed them.
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