Iluz in court
Photo: Hagai Aharon
Torched car
Photo: Avihu Shapira
Early morning raid in Itamar (archive)
Photo: George Ginsburg

Safed: 2 indicted for torching Arab cars

Indictment suggests two teens sought revenge for Itamar massacre, set Arab students' cars on fire. Meanwhile, settlers outraged over police early morning raids

Two teens from Safed have been indicted for torching two vehicles belonging to Arab students as revenge for theItamar massacre in which five members of the Fogel family were stabbed to death.


According to the indictment, Yonatan Iluz, 18, and a minor arrived at the dorms of a Safed college on March 16 and set two cars which they knew belonged to Arab students on fire and fled the scene.


Students who noticed the fire put it out, but one car was badly damaged and the tires of the other were burned.


According to the indictment, the background to the act was the terror attack in Itamar. Graffiti reading "Kahane was right" "revenge" and "price tag" were apparently sprayed in Safed after the attack.


The two deny the allegations and their attorney noted that the prosecution's case is based on circumstantial evidence.


"These are normative kids, without criminal records and from good families," Attorney Ram Shacham said.


Police raids in Itamar, Elon Moreh

Also Thursday, police detectives raided settler houses in Itamar trying to locate weapons used to fire a Palestinian man in a nearby village two months ago.


Officers also arrested Elon Moreh's secretariat director Seria Ademsky, a reserve officer. The settlers claim the police behaved insensitively and should have used better judgment. It is also claimed that a summons to the police station would have sufficed instead of early morning raids.


Shomron Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika called on Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to intervene and discipline the police. "The police is losing control over itself," he noted and cited other incidents such as police violence in Givat Ronen and clashes in Havat Gilad.


"Samaria residents are not second rate citizens and we shall not tolerate this behavior."


MK Tzipi Hotovely demanded an urgent debate on the matter be held at the Knesset's Internal Affairs Committee.


Yair Altman and Roni Sofer contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 03.31.11, 14:15
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