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Police Detain 14 Yeshiva Students for Anti-Arab Mischief

Their attorney is certain that all of them will go free because of the way police violated their civil rights as minors.
An Arab resident of the Sheich Jarach neighborhood in East Jerusalem discovered that his tires had been punctured by the "Tag Mechir" (price tag) activists.

An Arab resident of the Sheich Jarach neighborhood in East Jerusalem discovered that his tires had been punctured by the "Tag Mechir" (price tag) activists.
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Israeli police has arrested over the past few weeks a total of 14 students from various yeshivot around Israel on suspicion of organizing to carry out “Tag Mechir” (price tag) actions against East Jerusalem Arabs.

The boys, ages 13 to 16, are suspected of carrying out violent actions in the Sheich jarach neighborhood and the Bar Lev Road area, out of hatred for Arabs and as revenge for Arab attacks against Jews.

The investigation was started following the arrest of two boys last week, for causing damage to Arab vehicles in the neighborhood. After their interrogation, the rest of the group members were arrested.

According to police, the suspects admitted during their interrogation that over the past few months they had attacked, on several occasions, in at least 20 locations, Arab motorists driving along Bar Lev Road in the city, threw stones at Arab buses, set fire to one Arab-owned vehicle in the neighborhood, and punctured the tires of Arab owned cars.

The boys also told their interrogators that they used to post observers in various streets, prior to the attacks, in order to identify Arab pedestrians or vehicles. As soon as their target would stop at a red light, they would signal their comrades to open the car door, spit on the passengers and hit them.

All 14 boys were arrested by the Central Jerusalem Police. Four have been released on a high bail and must stay under house arrest, and the Magistrate Court remanded the rest to jail until Thursday. Police are expecting additional arrests.

Hanenu Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir (white yarmulke) with clients (not in current case). Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Hanenu Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir (white yarmulke) with clients (not in current case). Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Shortly after the police public announcement, Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, of Hanenu, told the website Srugim that the entire saga will become a source of great embarrassment to police. He said that one of the boys who were released today was supposedly the main suspect.

The Police argued in court that all the suspect should be remanded, since the investigation is bound to take a significant period of time. But attorney argued that this is the very reason why his clients, who are all minors, should be released so as not to spend an unreasonable amount of time behind bars before their trial. The judge bought his argument regarding 4 out of the 14.

Attorney Ben Gvir said he will argue that the lengthy arrest and interrogation period, in the case of minors, invalidates their admissions. He said police will have to explain to the court why they had to conduct late night interrogations, why they did not update the suspects’ attorneys, and why they resorted to the tactic of telling one suspect that his friend had already turned on him, which may constitute a violation of the civil rights of a minor.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Police Detain 14 Yeshiva Students for Anti-Arab Mischief”

  1. mydogpeter says:

    The  Jewish boys who were arrested deserve to be treated as the criminals they are.  These young men are  traitors to the very basic concepts of Judaism.  If they were Arabs we would rightfully despise them and their actions.  Because  they are Jews, shall we treat them more kindly? If and when Arabs fight back, who can blame them?  We should apologize to Arabs for their despicable behavior and make certain that they are not treated different;y than any other criminal.  The law is the law and there must be not one whit of favoritism.

  2. There is no need for these young men to apologize? Have you asked the Arabs to apologize when they throw ROCKS – not stones – at Israeli cars? When they have killed babies with these ROCKS? Do you ask the Arabs to apologize when they shoot and kill Israeli's or slit the throats of infants

  3. There is no need for these young men to apologize? Have you asked the Arabs to apologize when they throw ROCKS – not stones – at Israeli cars? When they have killed babies with these ROCKS? Do you ask the Arabs to apologize when they shoot and kill Israeli's or slit the throats of infants

  4. DLawton says:

    Boy will be boys, so long as the parents pay for the damage and then have a very Serious and strong word with the boys, then I’m sure they will grow up and be more sensible, lets face it all kids rebel as teenagers but need a guiding hand and an understanding society. can you honestly say that as a teenager you never did a thing wrong. vandalism can be sorted out if the parents are the sort that care.

  5. Benjamin Fox says:

    BS, did they kill anyone? No, do the terrorist? Yes, so go after those who hate you and leave the Jews alone.

  6. TomTuna says:

    Poked the tires?!? Racist vandals, to be sure. It is all the fault of that Israeli liberal press! If these kids didn’t know about the relentless acts of war perpetrated on their countrymen, perhaps soccer would be enough for their teen angst. If only they had gone for the apparently permissible attempted murder of assaulting with rocks or molotov coctails…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ah yes: the Jews commit "mischief" while the Palestinians commit "terrorism." How stupid do you have to be to buy into this propaganda?

  8. I guess that they are not murdering Arabs, which is why there is a difference in the word. However, please note that the law takes a dim view of them, whereas the Palestinians glorify their terrorists and others who throw blocks of cement off bridges onto passing Israeli cars below. I find it horrific that young Jews are doing those things; if you live in a country that is constantly under existential threat it will, unfortunately, be very hard not to want to take revenge/defend oneself/take aggressive action. I guess you have the luxury of not living under such a cloud.

  9. adamster101pc says:

    which Yeshiva? Not happy with this news. I have a son in Yeshiva, already  he has experienced some very unfrum behavior by some of the boys.

  10. Yechiel Baum says:

    where was the Police when the nine year old girl was murdered by the arabs? Shouldn't they be vigilant against terrorists and not bother with Jewish vengeance?

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