Additional suspect arrested in Ephraim base attack

Judea and Samaria police take into custody 22-year-old West Bank resident on suspicion of sneaking into IDF base and vandalizing it.

December 25, 2011 13:23
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A 22-year-old resident of the West Bank was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of being involved in an attack on the IDF's Ephraim Division military base earlier this month.

The suspect, of Kranei Shomoron, was taken into custody by Judea and Samaria police after coming under suspicion that he was one of 50 far-right activists who sneaked into the base on December 13.

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PM: Ephraim attack 'a stain on Israeli democracy'

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The perpetrators  vandalized vehicles and set fire to tires to protest the clearing of illegal outposts.

Several suspects were arrested in connection with the incident last week.

In a reaction to the incident, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said last week that the rioting blemished Israeli democracy and the settlement enterprise, as he lit a hanukkia at the site.

“Even the smallest stain tarnishes the whitest shirt,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony. “This is a stain on Israeli democracy, which is a law-abiding democracy, and also a stain on the greater part of the settler population, which is not involved in these acts.”

Herb Keinon contributed to this report

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