National crime unit to lead sexual abuse probe of Yehuda Meshi-Zahav

The Lahav 433 national crime unit is being tasked with leading the probe into allegations of rape and other sexual offenses against Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, the co-founder and chairman of the ZAKA volunteer emergency response group.

Meshi-Zahav announced he was stepping down from his role in the organization and giving up the prestigious Israel Prize he was set to receive after the allegations came to light in a report by the Haaretz daily.

Meanwhile, the deputy head of Magen for Jewish Communities, a non-profit that helped expose the alleged abuse, tells the Kan public broadcaster that six new claims against Meshi-Zahav are being examined.

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