An indictment was filed at the Tel Aviv District Court Tuesday against the eight youths arrested Sunday on suspicion of being members of a neo-Nazi cell in Petah Tivka. Three of the defendants are minors.
The eight are charged on counts of racially-motivated aggravated assault, conspiring to commit a crime, distributing inciting materials, possessing racist materials and weapons and issuing threats. State prosecutors have asked the court to extend the defendants' arrests until court proceedings conclude.
Cell-leader Eli Buanitov, a 19-year-old known as 'Nazi Eli,' is also charged with a separate count of battery.
According to the indictment, ICQ records show Buanitov intended to conduct a ceremony for his fellow neo-Nazis in which they would "swear their allegiance to Hitler and vow to preserve the white race with the last drop of their blood."
"You have to understand, neo-Nazism is something that once you get into you can never leave, it draws you in. Sure, it doesn't send everyone to open-air rallies but it's a movement that makes a lot of people paint swastikas on synagogues.
"The problem is that here there isn't anything to fight against because it's a country of fucking kikes, we just can't. Not me, not you and not even Adolf – may he rest in peace," wrote Buanitov in an online conversation with a friend.
The grandmother of one of the defendants arrived at the courthouse to hear the charges and said she "would rather have perished in the Holocaust than experience what my grandson is putting me through."
According to the indictment Buanitov preached to new recruits to the cell about Nazi ideology and on several occasions led attacks on passersby due to their ethnicity. The cell videotaped assaults on people with a foreign outward appearance and distributed the materials on the internet.
In one of the documented incidents a defendant walked up to a Chinese foreign laborer using a payphone and punched him in the head while other cell members looked on. In another incident several cell members approached two foreign laborers and pushed them. When the laborers tried to walk away Buanitov moved towards them and smashed a glass bottle on the head of one of the men.
Another video shows cell members walking through a public park in Tel Aviv and asking a homeless man if he was Russian and whether he was addicted to drugs. The man replied yes to both questions and was then forced to kneel down before the neo-Nazis and "apologize" to the Russian people for his being a drug addict and a Jew.
The videos were posted online to the popular video-sharing site YouTube.com, edited to include Nazi
insignias, background music and disguise the identities of the cell members depicted.
According to the indictment police searched the home of one of the defendants and confiscated 720 grams of explosives, four kg of propellants, a smoke grenade and equipment designed for assembling bombs.