Weekend News / World

Conflict in Guatemala ends with departure of Jews

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Conflict between an indigenous group in Guatemala and an orthodox Jewish group has led to the relocation of the Jews.

230 members of the Lev Tahor Jewish group were asked to leave San Juan La Laguna after meetings with elders of the Mayan community.

The elders accused the Jews of shunning the villagers and imposing their religion and customs, undermining the Catholic faith that was predominant in San Juan La Laguna.

The Lev Tahor had settled in the village six years ago in search of religious freedom. The group is now hoping to find a place to live somewhere else in Guatemala.

Lev Tahor members, who practise an austere form of Judaism, also complained that they received threats that water and electricity would be cut if they stayed in the village.

(Source: BBC World)

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