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A judge presiding over the remand hearing for a group of young men suspected of
carrying out vicious assault on two off-duty soldiers in Haifa compared their
alleged acts to the 2000 beating to death of two IDF soldiers in
Judge Zaid Falah of the Haifa Magistrate’s Court extended the
custody of six Arab Israeli suspects by five days. A seventh suspect was
arrested by police on Sunday.
Although the suspects claimed during
questioning that the attack was a case of mistaken identity, the police
representative to the court argued that the attack bore hallmarks of a
nationalistically motivated incident.
He added that the letters “PLO” in
Hebrew were etched on the head of one of the victims with a sharp
Earlier on Sunday, during questioning at a Haifa police station,
the suspects denied targeting Jews, saying that rocks had been thrown at their
home adjacent to the Rambam Medical Center, and that they had set out to see who
was behind the attack.
The suspects attacked the two soldiers, who were
in civilian clothing, believing them to be the rock-throwers, they
The two soldiers arrived at the Rambam Medical Center late on
Friday night after one of them felt ill.
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“They [the soldiers] parked
their vehicle at the entrance to the hospital. Another vehicle stopped in front
of them. One of the occupants was drunk,” the uncle of one of the soldiers was
quoted as saying in a Channel 2 report.
“The men in the vehicle asked the
two men if they were Jews. They started assaulting them with clubs, rocks and
planks of wood they found in the area,” the uncle added.
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