Ashkelon car bomb 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Israel Police )
Six men linked to the Domrani organized crime family were arraigned in the
Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court on Saturday night, after a police round-up
following a deadly car bombing in Ashkelon.
Thursday’s attack killed one
associate of mobster Shalom Domrani and badly wounded one his top
The six men brought under arrest are not accused of playing
any role in the hit. They are accused of obstruction of justice, for breaking
into a building near the scene of the bombing to steal CCTV footage shot before
Police said the footage might help identify who fixed the
bomb to the car, which detonated mid-afternoon on Thursday, blowing the legs off
Avi Biton, a well-known Domrani associate, and killing his assistant Jackie
Police made the arrests in an effort to prevent a wave of revenge
attacks on the part of Domrani’s organization that might ignite a mob
The six men, who include a cousin of Biton, are believed to have
stolen the footage so that police couldn’t use it to identify and arrest the
perpetrators before revenge could be taken.
Attorney Ari Kadri, who
represents members of the Jawrushi crime family from Ramle, rivals of Domrani,
said that on Saturday that eight people associated with the Jawrushi family were
taken for questioning to police headquarters in Lod. They were released after
On Friday, Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino
called a meeting with senior commanders at the headquarters of the LAHAV 433
National Crime Unit in Lod. He vowed that police would wage an unyielding war on
“The assassinations and attempted hits in recent days
between different organized crime figures are grave by any measure and the
Israel Police will not take them lightly,” Danino said, adding that police would
deploy all units of LAHAV 433, the Central Investigative Unit and the
The bombing that shook an Ashkelon neighborhood on
Thursday took place not far from a high school and a kindergarten, and sent
debris flying dozens of meters in every direction.
Based in southern
Israel, the Domrani crime family is one of the biggest organized crime
operations, with gambling, protection and other interests
Thursday’s bombing took place the same week that a former top
associate of mobster Ze’ev Rosenstein was found shot dead in the parking garage
of his house in Or Yehuda, and that a Lod city councilman was seriously wounded
in a shooting the night before Tuesday’s municipal elections.