Yaakov Teitel

Neighbor of 'Jewish terrorist' arrested

Residents of Shvut Rachel settlement say four policemen detained Yosef Spinoza, who was once treated by Yaakov Teitel, for questioning

A neighbor of "Jewish terrorist" Yaakov (Jack) Teitel was arrested Tuesday evening at the Shvut Rachel settlement in the Binyamin region. Investigators of the Judea and Samaria District's central unit took the man to a Shin Bet facility in Petah Tikva. He is suspected of having known about some of Teitel's actions.


According to local residents, four policemen arrived at the community and detained 47-year-old Yosef Spinoza, a father of two, for questioning. Spinoza was also detained for questioning about two weeks ago, but was released several hours later.


The residents said Spinoza suffered from a chronic illness and had been treated by Teitel in the past.


Attorney Adi Keidar of the Honenu organization said that the police were preventing Spinoza from meeting with a lawyer.


Teitel underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the Geha Psychiatric Hospital in Petah Tikva and was found to be fit to stand trial. According to Attorney Keidar, who represents Teitel as well, the examination was thorough and lasted only 15 minutes.


According to the lawyer, Teitel was asked to state his name and the place he lives in, but was not asked about the acts he is suspected of committing. Keidar plans to demand from the court to order another psychiatric evaluation by an expert appointed by the suspect.


On Sunday it was cleared for publication that Teitel, 35, had been arrested for allegedly carrying out a series of domestic acts of terror over the past few years.


The Shin Bet and police believe Teitel, a father of four who immigrated to Israel from the US in 2000, is the mastermind behind a string of attacks, including the murder of two Arabs and an attack on Hebrew University Professor Ze'ev Sternhell.


Teitel was arrested in Jerusalem in a joint police-Shin Bet operation on October 7. He is suspected of attempted murder, aggravated assault, arms offenses and racial incitement.


פרסום ראשון: 11.03.09, 20:32
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