Settlers breaking olive tree branches R 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Police arrested seven female residents of West Bank settlements on Sunday on
suspicion of carrying out a string of nationalistic crimes against IDF forces
and Palestinian property in recent weeks.
The suspects are six minors and
one adult. Two of the suspects sneaked into an IDF base in the Binyamin region
of the West Bank in September to spray-paint far-right slogans and vandalize IDF
vehicles and property.
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They allegedly did this to distract the IDF from
the activities of the other five, who at the same time cut down hundreds of
Palestinian-owned olive trees near the village of Kusra, police
Police said they attributed the acts to the suspects “despite their
The arrests came following a high-priority investigation
launched by the Lahav 433 elite police unit, together with the Judea and Samaria
“These actions were prompted by a fear that an outpost
would be cleared in November,” a police spokesman added.
attorney, Adi Kedar, described the arrests as “one big scandal” during a remand
hearing at the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court.
Kedar said police lacked
“any justification for arrests,” adding that the suspicions amounted to
“property crimes.” He later told The Jerusalem Post
that one of one of the
suspects had spent seven months under house arrest for an alleged “price-tag”
Those charges were dropped once it was clarified that the
soldier who testified against her had lied, Kedar said.
told the Post
that they believed the suspects were innocent.