Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, former ZAKA head, attempts suicide

Written by on April 22, 2021

Emergency services evacuated Meshi-Zahav, 59, after performing life-saving treatment at the scene where he had attempted to hang himself.

Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman Israel's Zaka rescue unit speaks at a conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021.  (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman Israel’s Zaka rescue unit speaks at a conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021.

(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, accused sex offender and former ZAKA head, has attempted to commit suicide.

Emergency services evacuated Meshi-Zahav, 59, after performing life saving treatment at the scene where he had attempted to hang himself.

Meshi-Zahav had been accused of sexually assaulting women and children over a period of decades from his position of power, using tactics of fear and intimidation to silence his victims.

In March, a police investigation was officially launched, after an initial report opened a floodgate of abusive accusations against him, from men, women, and teenage boys and girls of all ages.

Two months prior in January, Meshi-Zahav lost his parents to the coronavirus, only one month after having lost his brother to the same disease.

In January, Meshi-Zahav lost his father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Meshi-Zahav, while still sitting shiva (weeklong mourning period) for his mother Sara Zisl Meshi-Zahav, who had passed away only three days prior. This, within 30 days since the passing of his brother, Moshe.

In case of emergency, Israel’s suicide hotline can be reached by calling 1201.

Sarah Ben-Nun contributed to this report. 

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