Great-Grandson Of Rav Chaim Kanievski, Rav Steinman Arrested For ‘Chareidi Underground’ Activities

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Eliyahu Cohen, a great-grandson of Rabbi Chaim Kanievski Zts’l and Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman Zts’l, has been remanded in custody on suspicion of establishing an “underground group”, including preparing makeshift explosives in his yeshiva room.

Cohen, a resident of Bnei Brak, was arrested nearly a month ago on suspicion of using weaponry or an installation for creating weaponry for terrorist purposes as well as obtaining illegal weapons. Cohen allegedly wished to create explosive devices in order to establish a chareidi underground movement and assist the youth on the hills in Judea and Samaria in their attempts to establish settlements. Cohen is also suspected of plotting to commit crimes, plotting to perform acts of terror and preparing dangerous substances.

Police raided his yeshiva room in Modi’in Illit last month and found numerous devices. Cohen claimed that his goal was to provide ammunition for the youths in Judea and Samaria to perpetrate “price tag” attacks against Arabs in the region. Cohen did not contact the youths in Judea and Samaria, fearing that the Shin Bet operatives were working freely among them.

In a Kan 11 interview with journalist Akiva Weiss, Cohen readily admitted to the accusation of preparing explosive devices and explained the ideology behind the activities. “The plan was to create a chareidi underground movement, not just to puncture tyres in Sheikh Jarrah [an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem]. This was a defined plan. Cohen said that “every explosive device was made with gunpowder, a gas canister and an empty Pringles container and cost about 40 shekels. The first one I made blew up as I threw it out of the room.”

Cohen described his frustration that every Friday youths from the village of Naalin adjacent to Modiin Illit burn tyres and created violent disturbances which the army does not prevent unless there are injuries to Jews. Cohen hoped to create a deterrent by forming an ad-hoc underground which would use explosive devices against the rioters. An autodidact, he also taught himself from various books how to prepare the explosive devices, which he claims “cost just a few shekels”.

Cohen claimed that rabbis he had consulted were supportive of his efforts but did not name the rabbis. After an attempt to purchase real firearms, Cohen and another yeshiva student were discovered by the Shin Bet and he was arrested. Cohen claims that the interrogations were really hard (“They banged my head against the table until I lost consciousness”) but now expresses contrition and remorse for his actions. “We should leave these actions to the IDF and Shin Bet.”

 

 


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A yid
A yid
1 year ago

Bizayon talmidei chachamim to specify whose grandson he is. Besides for the fact that this is probably pure lashon hora

Mordy
Mordy
1 year ago

Children can be very different to their Parents, and more-so as the generations progress.
What’s your point?

Shoin
Shoin
1 year ago

First, the headline.
Why mention who his great grandparents are? Yes great for a headline, but what about Lashon Hara?
Second, once you did mention where he is from, at least we see his honesty, as a matter of fact his brutal honesty, which can probably be credited to the great stock that he comes from.
Third, I agree with the other commenter’s, this kid looks like an over stimulated teen, probably a bit to smart for himself, and trying to protect his pairs. I’m not agreeing with what he did, but at least there’s hope for him.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

If we all had his attitude no one would mess with us.

Pekak
Pekak
1 year ago

I see a whole bunch of people complaining about publicizing his yichus. Do the same people complain when something is written about a Rebbishe einikel? I don’t think so!

Ploni
Ploni
1 year ago

Amazing how after they bang his head against the table he expresses remorse, don’t see them banging any Arab heads, just Jews.

Dr. Schreiber
Dr. Schreiber
1 year ago

Imagine that, a chareidi bochur who studies science, chemistry! Wonders everywhere.

Anti-Racist
Anti-Racist
1 year ago

We find all the justifications in the world… unless its an Arab youth

It needs to be said
It needs to be said
1 year ago

The rishyaim of the medina are happier with his ancestry that he was caught, as opposed to the reason he was caught..

Mitnachel
Mitnachel
1 year ago

Price tag attacks hurt everyone. It will be a good day when the Shabak puts these hotheads out of business. Attacking innocent Arab families is not a part of Yeshivat Haaretz.

Ruby
Ruby
1 year ago

These stories are two things coming together, a hyper over charged teen, a bit manic… , where their kochos hanefesh doesn’t fit with the rest of their body and an overzealous fbi or shin bet feeding the guy info and ideas till he trips in to their trap. This guy never even contacted or made one meeting…he would never get to first base without all the shin bet help. And being an einikel…makes a good catch game zeh yaavor

Yoda
Yoda
1 year ago

“Al tiyeh maflig l’kol d’var…” Unfortunately, a lot of people lately have been using their “good names” to cover-up criminal activity. To inform the public that they must beware of anyone acting suspicious, is perhaps a Torah duty.

Avishai Raviv
Avishai Raviv
1 year ago

Never ever trust the Shin Daled. They create the narrative then chose the players to carry it out. I speak from experience.

Jay
Jay
1 year ago

The days of cover ups and pretending everything is rosey are over. It’s very relevant from where he came. No more pretending some families are better then others or somehow immune from trouble.

think
think
1 year ago

he sure looks the part..

Yaacov
Yaacov
1 year ago

If he wants to defend Jewish settlements and families in HaEretz, he should join the IDF with his buchers and become a faithful Zionist. One day he’ll run for office, and he’ll win!

Normal
Normal
1 year ago

If he wants to be a terrorist, you don’t think the Arabs will respond harder with many dead.

lexus
lexus
1 year ago

The good news is he wears his payos in front of his ears and has a beard as per the zeydah.