Arrest of rightists in J'lem, Wednesday
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Rightists indicted for entering closed military zone, rioting

Eight adults, seven teens who illegally entered army area near Jordanian border allegedly threw stones at IDF office; court extends remand of five people suspected of rioting in Jerusalem during arrest of 'price tag' perps

Fifteen right-wing activists who entered a closed military zone near Qasr Al-Yahud, close to the Jordanian border, were indicted Thursday.


The rightists were charged with illegally entering a closed military rioting and damaging property. The prosecution asked the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court to order that they be kept in police custody until legal proceedings against them are concluded.


According to the indictment, eight adults and seven teenagers arrived at a closed military zone near the Israeli-Jordanian border. They proceeded to cut through the security fence with wire cutters and enter the area.


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The prosecution said the rightists continued walking towards a monastery despite being warned by an IDF officer that it was forbidden to hike in the area, which he said was strewn with mines.


The rightists later attacked a deputy battalion commander who was alerted to the scene with stones.


Some of the rightists had been charged with similar offenses in the past. The prosecution said this indicates they have "no respect for the law."


Earlier Wednesday, the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court extended by two days the remand of five people who were arrested in the capital's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood on suspicion of committing 'price tag' acts.


The term 'price tag' refers to a rightist policy of revenge for Israeli government operations against settlers.


During the hearing, police representatives showed the court photos of computers, toy guns that resemble M-16s and knitted hats that were found at the suspects' home. Police claim the suspects assaulted officers during the arrests. 


All five suspected have been banned from the West Bank.


Fierce clashes erupted Wednesday between right-wing activists and police forces in Kiryat Moshe during arrests made against suspected "price tag" act perpetrators.


The suspects damaged several police cruisers, shattering the windshield of one and slashing the tires of another.


The rightists claimed that three people were hurt during the skirmish: "Apparently the police are implementing the politicians' recommendations to 'stick it' to the Right," one of the rioters told Ynet.




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