A trio of Israeli filmmakers, including a Columbia University graduate, shooting a documentary in Nigeria about obscure Jewish communities were arrested after they allegedly came into contact with antigovernment separatists, reports said Wednesday.
The arrests of Rudy Rochman, who founded the university’s Students Supporting Israel activist group, Andrew (Noam) Leibman and Edouard David Benaym were confirmed by Israel’s Foreign Ministry but the reason for the detainment and their charges were not released, the Jerusalem Post reported.
“We are not yet sure what they are accused of, but we are in touch with them and with their families and we are following up with the Nigerian authorities regarding this issue,” the agency told the outlet.
The filmmakers were not involved in separatist activities but members of those groups had shared photos of them on social media that upset Nigerian authorities, an Israeli diplomatic source told the outlet.
The group had been working on a documentary titled “We Were Never Lost” that’s