Six young Israeli men aged 17 to 22 were arrested early Monday on suspicion of hurling Molotov cocktails at two houses belonging to Arab residents in Tel Aviv's HaTikva neighborhood. All the detainees are residents of the southern neighborhood.
The city's Magistrates' Court remanded the arrest of three, identified by police as Ben Ezra, 22, Aviran Arava, 20, and Yoni Avraham, 19. The court is scheduled to rule on the matter of a fourth youth later on Monday. The arrest of the remaining two was remanded by a juvenile court.
Police officials asserted that had the six not been arrested, they would have continued with their attempts to assault Arabs living in the area.
Last Wednesday, police received two calls on Molotov cocktails hurled on Arab homes in Tel Aviv's Nathan and Simcha streets. One of the houses sustained light damage.
On the other street, the assailants attempted to damage an Arab person's apartment, but hit the flat below it where a Jewish family lives. The house was completely burnt.
One of houses torched (Photo: Yossi Elias, Yedioth Tel Aviv)
Due to the incident's proximity to the Akko riots which were ignited on Yom Kippur, police estimated that the act was nationalistically motivated. They arrived at homes of five of the neighborhood's residents who are not known to be criminals and arrested them. The five will be brought before a judge later in the day.
Six Arab youngsters were lightly injured Saturday night in clashes with Jews in Jerusalem's recreation centers. They all received medical treatment.
Three young Jews were arrested and taken in for questioning by the police.
In a separate incident on the capital's Bar Ilan Street early Sunday, ultra-Orthodox men hurled stones at a waste collection vehicle driven by an Arab worker of the Jerusalem Municipality.
The truck driver was lightly injured and was evacuated to the Hasaddah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment. One person was arrested on suspicion of hurling the stones.