An ultra-Orthodox young man arrested on suspicion of burning the Israeli flag on Lag B'Omer
The police located three ultra-Orthodox men suspected of burning an Israeli flag in the Mea Shearim bonfire, into which effigies of IDF soldiers were thrown as well; a 21-year-old was arrested, a teen was detained for questioning and an 11-year-old boy was questioned.
The 21-year-old suspect was arrested and the 15-year-old was detained for questioning. The 11-year-old boy and his parents were brought in for questioning. Social Services were notified about the youths.
The Jerusalem police said that "since the Lag B'Omer events in Jerusalem, during which the police were informed about the burning of effigies in the form of IDF soldiers, the Israel Police is making extensive efforts, both openly and covertly, to locate those involved. The Israel Police will continue its determined activity until the suspects are found and prosecuted. "
The incident on Lag B'Omer was not the first of its kind in Mea Shearim. Two months ago, an effigy dressed like an IDF soldier was hung in the neighborhood. The fire fighters who came to the neighborhood removed the effigies and were attacked with stones and objects.
Shortly before the arrest, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan addressed the issue in the Knesset plenum: "I ask the police to fight this phenomenon with zero tolerance."
However, the minister put the blame on the Ministry of Justice, saying: "Unfortunately, due to the history of the State of Israel, the decisions regarding offenses of incitement to violence, expression of opinion, freedom of speech, etc. are not under the police's jurisdiction. They would very much like to bring such culprits to justice but it has no authority, it cannot make arrests and cannot investigate."
(Translated and edited by N. Elias)