Local Islamic leaders arrested for inciting violence in Jaffa

Police said that the suspects incited the atmosphere at recent protests in the city

November 16, 2015 18:00
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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators light garbage bin on fire during protests in Jaffa, October 6, 2015. (photo credit: Courtesy)

A leader of the council of the Islamic Movement in Jaffa and the imam of a Jaffa mosque are among four suspects arrested by police Monday on suspicion of inciting violence during protests held in the city in recent months in solidarity with the Palestinians.

One of the protests in early October descended into violence as rioters shut down the main thoroughfare in Jaffa and masked men threw rocks at police and torched dumpsters.

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In a statement on Monday, police said the suspects “incited the atmosphere at recent protests in Jaffa, leading to the throwing of rocks at motorists while endangering bystanders and damaging the public order.”

Police also arrested two minors, aged 16, who they say took part in the demonstrations.

All four suspects will be brought for remand extensions in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

The October 6 violence in Jaffa, in which a handful of police officers were lightly hurt and six protesters arrested for allegedly clashing with police, was some of the worst rioting seen in the city in years. Also in October, violent rioting took place intermittently in cities in the Shfela region, including Ramle and Lod.

Shfela subdistrict police said on Monday they had arrested two minors suspected of throwing rocks at motorists on Route 431 on a number of occasions last month.

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