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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A leader of the violent Sikrikim group, Israel Heshin, 26, was arrested
overnight Tuesday on suspicion of assault in an operation involving undercover
MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union), who was attacked some
five weeks ago at a Mea She’arim synagogue by members of the group, expressed
“great joy” over Heshin’s arrest on Wednesday.
Katz had resolved to
outlaw the Sikrikim by passing a law that would give the Knesset the power to
designate a group of people intent on harming others as a terrorist
“This is an important directive for the struggle of the
haredi and general societies against a criminal group that embitters the life of
Jerusalem residents,” he said. “The bill declaring the group a criminal
organization has already garnered the signatures of many Knesset members. As a
result of it, the battle against these criminals and perverts will be bolstered
and bring to the elimination of the phenomenon, which will allow Mea She’arim
residents, who had enough of these bullies, to resume normal lives.”
remand extension hearing, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered that Heshin
be released to five days of home arrest. However, police appealed and the
Jerusalem District Court ordered that Heshin remain in custody until Thursday at
The Sikrikim are named after the Sicarii, a splinter group of
Zealots who, before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, tried to expel the
Romans and their partisans from Judea using concealed daggers, called sicae.