It was cleared for publication on Thursday that several Jewish youths had been arrested in connection with the investigation into the attack that claimed the lives of three members of the Dawabsheh family: Father Saad, mother Reham and baby Ali. Four-year-old Ahmed survived the attack, and is still hospitalized, suffering from burns.
"I remember that he came to visit me on Thursday, the night before the arson. I spoke with him for an hour and drilled into him that our way is Torah and prayer. He agreed with me and then traveled a long way to spend the night with family," the father told Ynet.
The father says that there is no way that his son could have taken part in the arson. "Half of the city saw him there and the Shin Bet knows it," he says.
Moving onto the topic of the murder itself, the father says: "You don't need to be a detective to know that this house was not set on fire by Jews. The house is in the middle of the village. What moronic settler is going to go (set fire to a house) in the middle of a village?
"The house was marked (by the Arabs). If a settler wanted to set fire to a house he would have burned one at the edge of the village, not seven minutes' ride from there."
He also spoke about his son's arrest: "They didn't tell me anything. They took him from the house and didn’t tell us why. They also didn't allow him to see a lawyer. He'd already been under house arrest for several months."
The father also told Ynet on Wednesday about his son's life under the shadow of being constantly followed by the Shin Bet and about his views on the state's institutions. "I hate this state," he said. "It's the most anti-Semitic state in the world since the Third Reich."
The arrestee's father emphasized that while he does indeed feel disgust towards the state, he doesn't believe in these kinds of actions, opting for opposing it through prayer alone.
"When they evacuated Gush Katif, the Judenrat Supreme Court didn't get involved," he said. "A while ago there was a hearing about whether to demolish terrorists' houses and the Supreme Court requested proof that it would create deterrence against further terrorist acts.
"But I don't remember them asking the state to prove that uprooting Jews will bring peace."
Returning to the subject of his son and his friends, he added: "These children are men. They have faith. We don't know the ways of this twisted regime. Everyone is corrupt. Those that you think are not corrupt, it's only because they haven't been judged.
"It's not a state, it's a ghetto. The biggest ghetto in the world. But I will never lift a hand (against it). I hate this state with all my being, but we oppose it through Torah and prayer."
Attorney Tzion Amir, who is representing the suspect, said: "It's very difficult to see the justice in preventing a meeting with a lawyer in relation to the arrest, especially in the arrest of a minor.
"The arrestee is isolated from the world and completely cut off from his family, his parents and his lawyer. This is seriously damaging and an intolerable situation that denies him his rights."