Seven Members of Anti-Arab Gang Indicted

YERUSHALAYIM -
A Palestinian man holds his son as he stands in front of Hebrew graffiti sprayed on the wall of a Palestinian home in what Israeli police believe was an attack by Jewish militants in the village of Beitillu near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 22, 2015. The Hebrew graffiti reads, "Revenge" and "Hello from the detainees of Zion." REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
A Palestinian man holds his son as he stands in front of Hebrew graffiti sprayed on the wall of a Palestinian home in a presumed “price tag” attack. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Seven members of an alleged Jewish “underground-style” conspiracy that prosecutors said targeted Arabs were indicted Monday. The seven are all residents of the town of Nachaliel in the Binyamin region.

According to the indictment, the seven were responsible for a string of attacks on Arabs that included throwing tear gas grenades at Arabs, daubing graffiti on buildings, slashing tires on Palestinian vehicles and throwing firebombs at an Arab home. That latter crime, prosecutors say, was committed by two minors who were members of the group.

According to the indictment, the group “targeted people and property of innocent individuals, who were chosen simply for their ethnic or religious background. The intention was to strike fear in the hearts of Palestinians in Yehudah and Shomron, as well as to send a message to Israeli forces that they were willing to take the law into their own hands,”

Also named in the indictment as part of the seven is an IDF soldier. According to prosecutors, he illegally held army weapons in his home, possibly for use in an attack later on.