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Marianne Azizi . 23 Sept. 2015


When meeting an alleged cult leader, who lived with 6 women, the first question people wanted me to ask was about his sexual habits. I met with Daniel Ambash a few weeks ago – serving 26 years in an Israeli prison. He told me I could ask anything, so I did.

“How did you manage all your women, and satisfy them? People are obsessed with your sexual practices.”

“If a single man sleeps with several women a week, or a married man has a mistress or two – do people ask such questions?” he replied. “Yet I am serving a life sentence for such honesty?”

There is no hard evidence to convict him, most articles written at the time of his sentencing in 2011 there was a society led lynching. There is currently a gag order in Israel to prevent the evidence which condemned him to be released to the public. A plethora of information is available on http://www.דניאלאמבש.com/

Is it appropriate to ask any person their personal sexual habits? It is no more appropriate than believing it is acceptable to touch a pregnant woman's stomach. There is an automatic presumption that a family of 6 women and one man, with a group of children must therefore be sexually deviant.

In less than a month on December 3rd an appeal will be held to free Daniel Ambash.

Morality cannot be used to sentence a man and his women to prison. Only the law. I spent 4 days with the Ambash women, and also interviewed Jessica Vaturi – the french film maker who spent over 2 years making a film of the family.  Rumours and comments about the family's 'obvious guilt' will grow.

The main defining elements of a cult are the control of the members; not allowing them to mix outside with family and friends; no independence; control of their lives and possible extortion of money from families. No such evidence was ever provided.

The women are strong, independent and very different in their thinking. They continue to have support of their family and friends.

What must be understood is the justice system in Israel. With a 99.8% conviction rate and an absence of a jury, over 30% of people convicted are innocent. When it is a matter of a sexual crime – no evidence is required, just the claim or hearsay given. Claims can be made years after a so called event and no forensic evidence is provided. The real unpunished crimes continue of the welfare services who deprived the children of their parents and a happy life, and the brutal behaviour of the police in trying to extract confessions. (another article will follow with a retired police commander confessing to leading torture for admissions).

The women in the life of Daniel Ambash have suffered four long years. Initially incarcerated in a shelter for abused women for their own good, and latterly held in prison awaiting trial for a crime which was eventually dismissed. The question must be asked as to how a man can be sentenced to what amounts to life imprisonment for mind control and telepathy if the women themselves did not carry out such instructions.

The following is an introduction to an upcoming book telling the remarkable story of the Ambash family. The introduction is made by their lawyer who on December 3rd will be representing them in an appeal to release Daniel Ambash from prison. Please note the contents are of an adult nature and may be offensive to some.

“Let us unravel some mysteries in the criminal prosecution in Israel of Daniel Ambash, a man with 6 wives. His conviction is part of a crackdown in Israel against cults. It is said that his own family is a sadistic cult, and he is a guru possessing magic powers to overtake minds. What happened in this unique criminal case that sent a heterosexual man to prison for 26 years, a gay man for 6 years, and 4 of his women ending up in jail for one year? The Israeli media calls them the “Sadistic Cult of Jerusalem”. The Judges of Jerusalem say that he turned his women into robots; mindless women who cannot exercise independent judgment, and nothing they say can be believed, because they are robots trapped in mental slavery.

The Judges decided that the women are sex slaves, and that until they admit that they were sex slaves, and thank the police for putting them in jail for one year, plus half a year in a shelter for battered women (where they were placed against their will), they are to be treated as brainwashed sheep. Four years after the police raid on the Ambash home, these women continue to say that they were never brainwashed buy their husband, and in particular that they were never raped. The Israeli Prosecution continues to claim that they are rape victims, and that they deny it only because the are brainwashing was so strong, they are still under influence even when Daniel is 4 years behind bars. Quite an astonishing position, considering that when the police raided the house, they expected the women to thank them for the “rescue operation”, and instead the women insisted that the police had simply made a big mistake.

Their story raises questions which were never before raised in criminal cases in Israel, or perhaps elsewhere. Can a man commit crimes by transmitting telepathic messages to his family members who are in mental captivity? Can a man rape his own wives who say loudly that they were never raped? How credible is the story of the rape, when it is alleged that Daniel raped them by giving an order to a gay man to insert fingers to their vagina, and everybody does what they are told in the situations because they are all in mental captivity? Can a man be charged with rape even if the women say he never raped them? Can these women be considered victims of slavery, and then be charged with raping a boy under the influence of mental captivity? How this man manage to mentally influence 6 women and 17 children (some over 18 years old) into mental slavery? Was this a sadistic cult?

A man was sentenced in Israel to 26 years in prison. The verdict described horrendous crimes such as raping children with a broomstick in the anus, inserting cucumbers and zucchini into a child’s anus, electrocuting girls with an electric shocker, starvation of children, forcing children to sleep on sharp thorns, rubbing a child with honey and calling bees to sting him, ordering a gay man to insert his fingers into women’s vaginas to inspect secretions, ordering a women to perform fellatio on a horse in front of women and children, inserting snakes and mice into women’s vaginas, ordering women to rub human feces of a gay man on their cheeks, and the jewel of it all, holding his six wives as sex slaves, based on the argument that when one of them touched her clitoris, he told her that he gets aroused.

The list of shocking acts described in the verdict goes on and on. In essence, that man, Daniel Ambash, a French ballet dancer who moved to Israel and lived polyamourously with six women and 17 children, was charged with conducting his family as a nefarious cult, with him being a guru, who demanded obedience from his women and children by performing pagan confession nights, where everybody had to confess about immoral thoughts and receive adequate punishment for it from everyone else.

Just to illustrate how wild the accusations are, the Israeli Prosecutors filed another indictment against four of Daniel’s wives claiming that in one of these pagan ceremonies, a 10 year old child confessed to stealing a cookie from the kitchen, and that Daniel “sentenced” him to the most bizarre punishment: to receive an oral blow job, from one of the women “to deter him from stealing cookies. The women sat in detention for one year waiting for that child to testify against them, and when he did, the three Judges threw out the case against the women. But the Judges in Daniel’s case still convicted Daniel for allegedly giving the order to do so, even though the women who are the alleged perpetrators were acquitted from it.

The Israeli public is convinced that all these sadistic acts did actually happen. That it because of a massive media lynch at the time of the raid on the Ambash home in 2011. The Israeli Judges placed a gag order on the case, except the indictment itself which was released for dissemination and was drafted more like a sensational tabloid than a professional indictment.

Anybody reading the verdict might tends to believe that all these things did really happen, because the Judges convicted Daniel all these crimes: enslavement, rape, sodomy, abuse of children as if he actually did it himself. Only a trained eye can decipher the underlying hidden truth there. In all 18 counts of indictment, Daniel is not charged with actually committing the crimes, but for ordering others to do it, by the power of telepathic persuasion and mental conquest.

In fact, this is probably the first case in modern world, that a person is convicted for crimes he did not commit, simply by attributing to him mental powers to bewitch and induce his family members to perform sexual and other crimes against each other.

The legal theory of taking control over people’s minds which the Jerusalem Judges articulated was very similar to “witchcraft”, except that the entire process of one mind overpowering another mind happens entirely in the mental sphere, and therefore leaves no hard evidence. One would expect that psychiatrists would examine each person involved and testify how is it possible that family members would obey such incredible orders and inflict incredible punishments against their own family members, and also willingly surrender themselves to recive the same kind of incredible punishments, when they themselves confess to immoral thoughts.

But incredibly, the prosecution never performed psychiatric examinations on the alleged perpetrators and the alleged victims, who also doubled as perpetrators, let alone explain from a psychiatric point of view how Daniel himself could possibly induce his wives and children into such “mental captivity” (inability to resist or escape).

The three Judges who convicted Daniel Ambash also avoided completely the need to establish the allegations of mental captivity and mental enslavement via psychiatric testimonies. They simply took it for granted, that human beings can be mentally enslaved, and simply disbelieved anything that Daniel’s wives testified to, because they saw the women as mental slaves. This explains why the Judges convicted Daniel for raping his own wives, by ordering a gay friend to insert fingers into their vaginas, despite the clear testimony of the wives that it never happened. The Judges said that mental slaves are in a state of mind of denial of reality, therefore they are unable to describe accurately details of their own lives, and even if the finger insertion was simply foreplay to consensual sex, they are unable to give consent to consensual sex, their personal will was diminished, because of mental incapacity.

In other words, the Judges saw Daniel’s women as crazy and lunatics, and even called them robots, marionettes, puppets on a string and sheep following the sheepherder. There is no doubt that the Judges super-imposed their own morality on the situation, that any woman sharing her man with other woman must be crazy and out of her mind. What is worst, the Judges entire verdict reeks of their puritan views on human sexuality, expressing their extreme revulsion of anything other conventional missionary sex, such as Sado-Maso, bondage, fetish fulfilment, and role enactments.

There is no doubt that the Judiciary must not interfere with what people do consensually in their own bed, and that the three Judges involved had let their own puritan views of sex dominate their professional judgment.

About a year later, in a case coming from Tel Aviv, another man was prosecuted for operating a sadistic cult and dominating his wives by way of mental captivity and mental enslavement. It is the case of Goel Ratzon. There, the Tel Aviv prosecution did bring two psychiatrist to court, Dr. David Green and Dr. Nethanel Laor, in order to explain how such mental domination is possible. They are the same two psychiatrists who were appointed by the Jerusalem prosecution as experts accompanying the police investigation of the so called Ambash cult.

The Tel Aviv District Court acquitted Ratzon of the charges of holding 30 women in slavery, mainly because the testimony of the psychiatrists was found to be self invented, concocted purely for self interest, derives from personal opinions about morality, is unsupported by any scientific research, lacks any consensus in the scientific community, and is not accepted in any known country in the world. The Supreme Court of Israel denied an application to compel the Tel Aviv District Attorney to appeal the Ratzon verdict.

Nevertheless, the Jerusalem District Attorney refuses to digest this legal defeat and is now appealing the Supreme Court to triple the sentence for Daniel Ambash from 26 years to more than 80 years.

Now how was it possible that some family members appeared in Court and testified that under mental enslavement, they performed horrific acts without the ability to resist “commands” that they allegedly received? Some of these commands were even telepathic. For example, Simcha, the only women out of the 6 women who testified against Daniel Ambash, testified that she licked the vagina of a 19 year old daughter of Esther, the second wife, because “Daniel signaled to her to do so with his eyes”. That is certainly a telepathic command that surely needs an explanation that was never given, how did she understand that the command is to lick a vagina, and why did she not refuse to do so. On another occasion, according to her testimony, she grabbed the pubic hair of a child “as punishment”, because Daniel told her to do so by phone from a distance of 200 kilometers. According to her, because of the mental enslavement, she could not exercise independent judgment and simply refuse to do it?

Why did Simcha and 3 children tell such stories to the Court? To understand this we have to go back to the advice, which the Jerusalem police received, from Green and Laor. Both are psychiatrists who belong to the “Israeli Center for Victims of Cults”, a noisy non-profit group of no more than 5 people, who proclaim themselves as experts on cults and deceive the public that their mission is to fight against missionaries and other “gurus” who try to convert Jews into Christianity, faiths of the east (Hare Krishna, Hinduism), new faiths (scientology), self empowerment groups, (yoga, philosophy) and what they see as derelict faiths out of Judaism, such as Kabala, and messiah worshippers.

The concept that these two psychiatrist developed was that in order to “break the cult”, they first attack the “cult” via the media by way of disseminating “cut and paste” rumors about sexual promiscuity with children and with animals, slavery, cruelty, bizarre worshipping practices etc. The next step is to offer financial incentives to induce “desertion”.

If that doesn’t work, then the police is involved by way of blaming the police for not doing anything to rescue abused women and children. The final step is the sudden arrests of everybody in the “cult”, and charging everyone with sexual molestation of the others. The psychiatrists of the Center for Cult Victims are then appointed experts, and the police adopts the theory that no matter what the say in the interrogation room, they are brainwashed, in self denial, and the only way to effectively interrogate them is to brutally treat them, and to insult them violently. According to the “cult theory” only police brutality can induce cult members to open up. Green and Laor tell the police that separation of all members of the cult from one another and infliction of police brutality is the only way to shock them into confessions, and break the mental bonds with the cult leader and will yield confessions.

This is indeed what happened to Daniel Ambash and his women. The police raided their house, arrested everybody without probable cause, insulted them and used brutal force, as if they belong to the Pablo Escobar drug ring. Each family member arrested was blamed for raping somebody else. The women were threatened with losing their children to foster homes. Children were threatened with spending 20 years in jail for rapes the police knew never happened. As a result wild stories were invented. The police showed to those who were most susceptible to these threats prepared scripts of stories. In the end, one woman, Simcha, and three children were ready to testify against the rest.

There was a trial. The police relied on these 4 witnesses that they recruited. At the trial, not even one piece of evidence was presented. The police and the Judges relied on the scripts which the police asked these witnesses to tell. All of them were considered unreliable, but the Judges said that the aggregation of unreliable witnesses creates one coherent and reliable story of a sadistic cult.

The fiasco that followed is described in this book.