Lev Tahor Orthodox Jews began leaving San Juan la Laguna today. Their exit from San Juan La Laguna, on the banks of Lake Atitlan Guatemala, follows a meeting Wednesday in which Jewish and indigenous representatives failed to reach an agreement. Six months after moving from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala, the group of ultra orthodox Jews have been forced out of their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers.
The Lev Tahor community packed its bags today, August 29 to board buses bound for the capital after weeks of friction with sections of the local population. Verbal abuse, threats to cut off power and eject them by force were the last straw for the Jews who began arriving in March from Canada, where the Lev Tahor group’s strict religious ways had clashed with authorities.