Four Palestinians residing in Israel illegally have been arrested for allegedly raping and severely abusing an 11-year-old boy from central Israel several times. The four, aged 23-27, are also suspected of indecent acts.
The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court extended their remand by four days on Tuesday.
Police launched an investigation after the boy told his older brother he had been abused. The brother first became suspicious after the boy complained of stomach aches.
He eventually revealed his terrible secret: "They paid me NIS 400 to sleep with them, bought me presents I asked, and threatened me not to say anything, I was ashamed to talk about it."
The suspects were swiftly apprehended for fear they would flee to the territories.
Police suspect that the four, who were working at an event hall, promised the boy candy, presents and money and lured him into accompanying them to the building where they lived.
The four are also suspected of urinating on the victim, hitting him, putting out cigarettes on him, cutting him, and coercing him to use drugs.
Suspects in court (Photo: Mati Elmalich)
It is also suspected they raped, beat and humiliated the boy several times over the past few weeks.
"This is reminiscent of the 'Clockwork Orange'," officer Guy Kalderon said in the court hearing. "These are horrific acts which I as an investigator have never encountered the likes of which in my 20 years in service." He added the police have evidence linking the suspects to the acts.
The suspects deny the allegations. "It’s all lies, we don’t even know the boy," one of the suspects said Tuesday. During the court hearing it was claimed the suspects resided in an apartment of illegal aliens who come and go frequently, which may have led to the wrong suspects being apprehended.
Judge Yuval Gazit has issued a gag order on the their identities.
Meanwhile, residents of the suspects' Palestinian village were shocked to hear the news. "This just doesn't make any sense. He is religious and very respectable person in our village," a relative of one of the suspects said.
"I find it hard to believe he took part in the rape of a child. He is married with four kids of his own, how could he have raped a child?"
The victim has been undergoing therapy since the investigation was launched.