Organized crime figures placed a grenade outside Beitar Jerusalem FC owner Eli
Tabib’s house in October, as part of an effort to extort hundreds of thousands
of dollars from him, police reported on Monday.
Morad-Fingelay of the Yarkon sub-district told The Jerusalem Post
on Monday that
the fragmentation grenade that had been stuck to the front gate of Tabib’s house
in Kfar Shmaryahu was supposed to explode when he opened the gate, and only a
technical malfunction prevented an explosion.
She said that police are
not able to disclose which criminals placed the grenade because the
investigation is ongoing, but that they are members of a very well known
organization in central Israel.
Morad-Fingelay, who also led the
investigation of the repeated bombings of the Tiv Taam
on Ibn Gvirol in Tel Aviv
earlier this year, said that Tabib did not pay the extortionists, who started to
demand money not long after he became the owner of Beitar.
the grenade was discovered, there was speculation that it was possibly connected
to football, with some thinking it could be connected to supporters of Hapoel
Tel Aviv FC, the Beitar rival that Tabib previously own.
A few weeks
after the incident at Tabib’s house, a car bomb in Rishpon north of Herzliya
detonated inside a vehicle belonging to a businessman, and Hapoel Tel Aviv FC
supporter, Dani Wolfert.
No arrests have been made in that incident.
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