Police arrest 16 right-wing activists at illegal Jerusalem demonstration

April 23, 2015 19:58

Police arrested 16 right-wing activists from the radical organization Lehava Thursday evening during an illegal demonstration in the Old City demanding Jewish sovereignty of the Temple Mount.

According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, several dozen activists from the anti-assimilation group bearing placards and banners refused to disperse, resulting in the arrests, including that of its leader, Bentzi Gopstein.

Lehava propagates the racist ideology of the late Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, who was assassinated in New York City in 1990 after his radical Kach Party was outlawed in Israel for inciting racism.

The organization and Gopstein last made headlines in December when he and over a dozen members were indicted for incitement following a 10-month investigation, culminating in an arson at an integrated Jerusalem school, whose walls were spray-painted with anti-Arab graffiti.

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