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The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday indicted five right-wing activists suspected of involvement in the so-called 'price tag' attack on the IDF's Ephraim Division military base last month.
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district prosecutors accused the suspects of collecting important
military intelligence, conspiracy to riot, entering a closed military
zone and direct involvement in the attack on the Ephraim Brigade base.
five suspects were named as Akiva Pinchas Hacohen, 27, from Yitzhar,
Elad Meir, 36, from Machrasha, Ephraim Moshe Chaykin, 18, from
Jerusalem, Meir Etinger, 18, from Jerusalem and David Tzvi Eliyahu, 17,
from Jerusalem. They were arrested in Jerusalem's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood approximately three weeks ago.
Prosecutors have requested that the suspects be detained while court proceedings against them continue.
to the indictment, the suspects had set up a network to track the
movements of IDF forces and police in the West Bank and reported on
their intentions to evacuate illegal outposts in the area. Some of the information they received came from IDF soldiers.
Through the knowledge obtained of IDF movements, the suspects allegedly
orchestrated rioting that disturbed the planned evacuation of outposts
and the attack on the Ephraim Brigade base.
Late on December 12, a series of SMS messages and telephone calls
alerted activists of troop movement in the Samaria area consistent with
In response, around 11:30 p.m. right-wing extremists attacked
Palestinian cars in the Samaria area and injured one Palestinian woman,
according to security sources.
On Route 55, the Israeli extremists surrounded an IDF vehicle. At one
point, an extremist opened the vehicle’s door and threw a rock at the
commander of the Ephraim Brigade, Col. Ran Cahana, according to security
An IDF spokesman said that at that time, they received numerous reports
of rock throwing incidents against Palestinians, not all of which were
Around 12:30 a.m. December 13 some 30-50 Israeli extremists, including
many teens, broke into the Ephraim brigade headquarters, located down a
small road from the Kedumim settlement in Samaria, according to security
Most of the combat soldiers normally stationed there were involved in activities outside the base, OC Central Command
Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi
The extremists burned tires, spread nails on a road and threw stones and paint bottles at vehicles, the IDF spokesman said.
According to Mizrahi they also punctured the tires of two vehicles. A
rock was also thrown at the deputy brigade commander Harpaz Zur.
The rioters, he said, yelled at Zur, whose grandmother is a Holocaust survivor, that he was a “Nazi.”Tovah Lazaroff and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.