Posted on July 25, 2008 by Richard Bartholomew
Bartholomew Notes On Religion
Yes, itâs that man yet again: just a couple of weeks after my blog post on Walid Shoebatâs past links with the UK-based Simon Altaf, Shoebatâs associate Joel Richardson presents âA Public Rebuke and Warning From The Walid Shoebat Foundationâ concerning Altaf. As I noted in my blog post, Shoebat fell out with Altaf when Altaf became involved with a certain Rabbi Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky, who is based in Florida and heads a Messianic Jewish offshoot called âMessianic Nazarene Yisraelâ or âYATIâ. However, not much was in the public domain: Shoebatâs handler Keith Davies simply explained that the split occured âbecause we didnât agree with the stuff [Altaf] was putting on his websiteâ.
That seems to have been an understatement, judging from Shoebatâs new pronouncement against Altaf:
You need to beware of this false Rabbi Moshe Koniuchowsky alongside Simon Altaf who turned polygamist and cultist of the first orderâ¦When confronted with the facts of this cultic behavior Simon Altaf went to Moshe Koniuchowsky and Moshe told him to cut off communication with me since we the Christians are now evil and only they are the true Nazarene believers.
Shoebat then provides us with letters from Koniuchowsky, as well as from Altaf and Altafâs estranged wife. Hereâs an extract from Altafâs letter, in which he explains why God wants him to take a second wife:
The womanâs name is Salmah, not married, single, 25, ex-Muslim, she had explicit dreams of seeing me in her bedroom holding her hands, then she saw me in her room as I am inside her bodyâ¦There were other dreams but donât challenge me because I walk closely to YHWH and He has shown His will. I know you are Mr Skeptic but I am Mr Yes Sir to YHWH.
Altafâs legally-recognised first wife tells Shoebat that Altaf has
â¦been acting very strangely ever since he got involved with these lunatics from Florida. He corrected the teaching of a self professing Rabbi who has written the vilest book imaginable and has rubbed HaShemâs holy name in dirt. Itâs called âsex and the believerâ and itâs disgusting.. You can get it from the YATI website, itâs disgusting and totally carnal. Aside from being proponents of polygamy they are obsessed with having as many women and children as possible and creating âseed for HaShemâ. The book mentions lewd things like if you have too many wives, you can have a male concubine, make your wife satisfied so that she does not feel âneglectedâ.
Koniuchowsky has a number of âsynagoguesâ under his leadership, including in Columbia, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Panama and the UK.
Altafâs wife also mentions a âBrother Tehseenâ, who tried to reason with him. This would be Pastor Tehseen Gul Khan of Yesu Masih Ministries, who, like Altaf, is based in Southall in West London. Khan is apparently â1st Asian Pastor/teacher who teaches the word of Yahweh with full Hebraic & two house Understandingâ, and his website includes the notice that
Mr. Simon Altaf is no more part of Yesu Masih Ministries, radio and website. He is 100% responsible for all his actions, statements and newly emerging teachings. We will not take any responsibilities if you agree or disagree with any of his teachings, actions and statementsâ¦ We are also not affiliated with Mr. Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky.