A rabbi in Jerusalem is suspected of actually being a Christian missionary from New Jersey, according to an investigation by Israel's nonprofit missionary watchdog organization Beyneynu.
"The family has been under surveillance for at least seven years," said Beyneynu researcher Shannon Nussan "[We have been] investigating the case of a covert missionary in French Hill for many years," but decided to expose him "due to one of the missionary's children proselytizing in school."
The group first confronted an unnamed Christian missionary posing as a member of the Orthodox community in 2014, but the missionary soon disappeared, later reemerging in a new neighborhood.
Missionary work is not illegal in Israel, but preaching or bribing to convert people under the age of 18 without parental consent is banned
"We are confident that the Jewish leaders will act strongly against this threat, and quickly put protective measures in place to protect the Jewish community," Beyneynu announced in a statement.
The missionary has claimed to be Jewish and says he has "repented for his past missionary work "seven or eight years ago."
The evidence against the man will be given to the interior ministry because he and his family fraudulently immigrated to Israel.