Pearlman. Schoolmates questioned
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4th suspect arrested in 'Jewish terrorist' affair
Resident of West Bank settlement who studied in same yeshiva as Haim Pearlman questioned on suspicion of involvement in murder of Arabs in 1990s. His friends say police 'putting up a show for the court'
A 30-year-old man from a West Bank settlement in the Ramallah area was questioned by the police on Monday morning. The man is said to be a friend of "Jewish terrorist" Haim Pearlman, who was arrested by the police several weeks ago.


On Sunday, the police detained a third suspect in the affair. The man was released after being questioned.


The man arrested Monday studied together with Pearlman in Rabbi Meir Kahane's "Jewish idea" yeshiva.


The suspect's associates denied his involvement in the affair, saying that all the recent arrests were nothing more that a regular ritual "aimed at creating a show for the court during Pearlman's remand hearing."


The man's friends told Ynet that a different person has been detained for questioning before every discussion on the matter, and there was no doubt that he would also be releases soon.


The suspect detained on Sunday told Ynet that he was asked by his investigators "if I was familiar with the actions attributed to Pearlman. I told them there was no chance he would do such things, that there was no chance it was him."


Pearlman, 30, the father of three, is suspected of murdering several Arabs in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood in the 1990s, in what was dubbed at the time as "the serial killer" affair".


His associates say he was approached by the Shin Bet in the past few months and asked to work as a collaborator in exchange for NIS 1,500 (about $400) for each peace of information delivered.



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