The arson took place the night of December 29. Anti-Arab slogans – including “Death to Arabs,” "There's no coexisting with cancer," "Enough assimilation," and “Kahane was right” – were painted on the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School in Jerusalem and the building and playground were set on fire.
Above and above right: "Kahane was right" painted on the side of the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School, November 29, 2014
Arrests – Apparently Of Jewish Extremists – Made In Arson Hate Crime Against Jewish-Arab School In Jerusalem
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Arrests have been made in the alleged hate crime arson at a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem.
The arson took place the night of November 29. Anti-Arab slogans – including “Death to Arabs,” "There's no coexisting with cancer," "Enough assimilation," and “Kahane was right” – were painted on the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School in Jerusalem and the building and playground were set on fire.
Border Police and the Israel Security Agency (Israel’s internal security agency commonly known as the Shin Bet) arrested several suspects during the week, but the arrests were only cleared for publication today, Arutz Sheva reported.
The Petach Tikva Magistrate's Court extended the detention of the suspects for four more days today.
The suspects are being represented by Honenu (also spelled, "Honeinu"), a right-wing legal aid organization that defends West Bank Jewish settlers and their supporters accused of nationalist crimes – like anti-Arab price tag hate crimes.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, Honeinu’s lead attorney, said Sunday that the Shin Bet and Border Police had prevented him from meeting with his clients.
"This is a blatant violation of civil rights. I wonder - where are the civil rights organizations that protect the rights of all vile terrorists? I fear that the conduct of the ISA toward the suspects will force them to confess to things they did not do," Ben-Gvir said.
Suspects accused of nationalistic crimes, especially suspects who live in the West Bank, are often prevented from meeting with attorneys or others until after an investigation period. This applies to both Jews and Arabs, although Ben-Gvir, a follower of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, did not make that clear.
At a hearing tomorrow, the Jerusalem District Court will hear Honeinu’s request to meet with the suspects.
Israel and the West Bank have hit with a wave of price tag hate crimes against Muslim and Christian Arabs, mosques, churches and Arab-owned houses, olive groves and cars over the past several years.
The Shin Bet has said that many, if not most, of these “price tag” hate crimes were committed by students and disciples of Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.
Ginsburgh (sometimes spelled "Ginsburg") – who holds no official position in Chabad – is the senior rosh yeshiva (dean) of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in the radical West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.
The American-born Ginsburgh, a ba'al teshuva (a person who became Orthodox later in life, in Ginsburgh's case as a teenager), is also one of the most popular Chabad rabbis in the country with a large following among Chabad Anglo-Israelis, ba’al teshuvas and West Bank settlers and is seen by many as a spiritual successor to the late radical Rabbi Meir Kahane, who is considered by Israel and the US to have been a terrorist.