Couple Accused of Attacking Man To Force Jewish Divorce

By Forward Staff

Published July 18, 2011.

A New Jersey couple has been charged with abducting an Israeli man last year, beating him and threatening to bury him alive if he didn’t grant his wife a religious divorce, New Jersey federal prosecutors said Monday.

Federal authorities say David and Judy Wax attacked the man because he had refused to give his wife a ‘get,’ or a divorce sanctioned by the Rabbinical Court, preventing her from remarrying. The man also fought for custody of the children, and moved from Israel to New York.

The couple allegedly invited he Israeli man to visit the couple in their home, ostensibly for business reasons. Authorities say David and Judy Wax kidnapped him, robbed him and forced him to say he would grant the divorce.

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