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Cult members deported from Israel

Saturday, January 9, 1999

Israel has deported 14 members of an American Christian doomsday cult, who were accused of plotting attacks on sacred sites in Jerusalem. The group - including six children - has now arrived back in Denver, Colorado.

The cult members were arrested last Sunday at rented apartments in the suburbs of Jerusalem.
Police said the Concerned Christians were suspected of planning unspecified "extreme acts of violence" in an attempt to hasten the second coming of Jesus, which they believe will take place at the end of the millennium.
A lawyer who represented three of the group said they were were law-abiding religious pilgrims.
"They did not deny the fact that they are waiting here in Israel to wait for the return of Jesus, but they say they will not be involved in any illegal activity," said lawyer Eran Avital.
A police spokesman said three Israeli policemen were escorting them back to the United States.

"Operation Walk on Water"

Israel has set up a special police task force to deal with threats by Christian cults drawn to Jerusalem in the belief that Jesus will return at the end of the millennium.
Codenamed "Operation Walk on Water", the investigation has the help of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Some fundamentalist Christians believe one of Islam's holiest shrines in Jerusalem - Al-Aqsa mosque - must first be destroyed and an ancient Jewish temple restored in its place if Jesus is to return to Earth.

The 14 cultists were among 60 members of the Concerned Christians group who abandoned their jobs and homes in Colorado several months ago and went missing.


US cult arrests in Israel

Israel is to deport 11 members of a doomsday cult of American Christians suspected of planning collective suicide in Jerusalem.
Three others have appeared before magistrates on suspicion that they were plotting acts of violence.
They were arrested on Sunday after investigations by a special police task force set up to deal with threats of violence by groups drawn to Jerusalem by a belief that Jesus will return at the end of the millenniumA police statement said: "The arrests were carried out to protect certain sectors of the Israeli population and members of the cult themselves who blindly follow a leader who is now overseas."
The group did not resist arrest. Local people said they had been "nice, quiet neighbours".
Apocalyptic cult
The detainees belong to a group called Concerned Christians, an apocalyptic sect based in Denver, Colorado.
Israeli police say they were aware of the arrival of the cult members in November of last year and they had set up a special unit, working with the intelligence service Shin Bet, to monitor various millennial groups.
Around 60 members of the group abandoned their jobs and homes in the US several months ago amid reports that they had gone to Israel.
Members are reported to include both married and single people, white-collar professionals and unemployed workers. They range in age from infancy to 68.
Their leader, Monte Kim Miller, who has been described as charismatic and manipulative, has forecast that he will die in Jerusalem in the final days of December 1999 and believes only he and members of his flock will be saved.

Fear of mosque attack

Israeli authorities are worried about possible attacks on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque complex by Jewish and Christian extremists during the run-up to the millennium.
The mosques in the complex are built on the site of the ancient Jewish Temple and some Christian sects believe that the Temple will be rebuilt to accompany the return of the Messiah, which in turn means the existing mosques must be destroyed.
The complex, which also houses the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam.


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Milton Frihetsson, 1:48 AM