Israeli police arrest 15 over campaign to stop Jew-Arab dating

2017-10-22 16:05
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Jerusalem - Israeli police have arrested 15 suspected Jewish extremists following an undercover investigation into a group accused of tracking down and threatening Arab men dating Jewish women.

Israeli radio said that among those taken in for questioning was Benzi Gopstein, a prominent leader of the extreme-right group Lehava, but police would not confirm or deny the reports.

Arrests and searches for evidence were carried out simultaneously at addresses in Jerusalem, northern and southern Israel and in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, police said.

Racist attacks

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that the suspects were being interrogated and it was not yet clear whether any would be charged.

Lehava opposes inter-marriage. In August 2014, its activists staged a rally where racist slogans, including "Death to Arabs!", were shouted at the wedding near Tel Aviv of a Muslim man and Jewish woman.

Arabs account for about 17.5% of Israel's eight million population and are descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land following the creation of Israel in 1948.

Six Israelis, including two soldiers, were arrested in April for racist attacks against Arabs with knives and other weapons and charged with "terrorist" offences.


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