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**India expels Chabad rabbi over alleged attempt to hide conversion efforts
Rabbi Zalman Bernstein charged by Indian authorities for failing to declare on his visa application that he would be conducting religious activities and of trying to convert foreigners.**
A Chabad rabbi who was serving the tiny ancient Jewish community in Cochin, India, and his wife were expelled to Israel on Tuesday for allegedly engaging in illegal activities. Indian authorities accused Rabbi Zalman Bernstein of failing to declare on his visa application that he would be conducting religious activities and of trying to convert foreigners. A local daily accused him and his wife of spying for Israel.
Bernstein, of the Chabad Hasidic movement, dismisses all the charges and says he was always open about the purpose of his stay in India ¬ providing religious services. With his departure, the Jewish community in Cochin is now down to fewer than the ten Jewish men required as a quorum for organized prayer. .....
Chabad has 4,000 centers run by husband and wife couples in countries all over the world. Chabad sources said since the Mumbai blast, senior officials of the movement in India have kept a lower profile.
now why would the article even suggest such a thing ?
[color=gold]Although the expulsion order issued against Bernstein and his wife did not accuse the couple of espionage, it unleashed a wave of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comment on the Internet. Hebrew University professor Shalva Weil, an expert on Indian Jewry, said there is no history of the anti-Semitic targeting of Indian Jews. Weil said the Jewish community of Cochin ¬ in the Indian state of Kerala ¬ at one time numbered 2,400 people, but most moved to Israel in 1954.