Devotees of Netivot Rabbi Accused of Extortion Block Roads, Demand His Release

Rabbi Yoram Abergel is suspected of getting alleged Negev crime boss Domrani to threaten rival during election campaign.

Dozens of residents of Netivot burned tires and blocked the entrance to the Negev city Thursday afternoon, following a court decision to extend the pre-trial imprisonment of popular local Rabbi Yoram Abergel. The rabbi is being held on suspicion of extortion and unlawful threats during the municipal election campaign.