BEER SHEVA - Beer Sheva police arrested a youth who confessed to spray-painting swastikas in public places in town, closing a month-long investigation.
The 16-year old is set to be tried as early as Thursday, after admitting “it was a foolish deed.”
The youth allegedly spray-painted swastikas on the walls of a synagogue, a court house, and residential buildings.
However, the key to his arrest was an ICQ
e-mail address he added to one of the swastikas.
An undercover policeman pretending to be a teenage girl used the address to contact the youth and make him confess to the anti-Semitic graffiti and his neo-Nazi beliefs.
During their on-line chats, the teenager wrote “Hitler was a genius. He managed to do what no one else has done.”
The teen also took pride in his art, specifying how and when he drew each swastika in town.
'I did foolish deeds'
A local police official said the boy reenacted his actions after he was arrested. The official added he also told investigators the boy’s mother, a new immigrant from the former USSR is not Jewish, whereas his adoptive father is half Jewish.
The boy expressed remorse during questioning.
“I did foolish deeds. I started taking interest in heavy metal, neo-Nazi websites and got carried away,” he said.
The police official said they intend to press charges as early as Thursday, on Israel's national Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“We have no intention of requesting psychiatric observation, we think the boy is sane and can stand trial,” he said.