Above: Jesus is a monkey painted on the monastery wall
Police Drop Case Against Alleged Hate Crime Monastery Arsonist
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Moshe Auerbach will not be prosecuted for the price tag hate crime arson of the Latrun Monastery.
Auerbach, a 22-year-old resident of a West Bank hilltop outpost with a haredi background, was reportedly told by police this week that the case against him has been closed due to lack of evidence.
On September 4, 2012 graffiti – including “Jesus is a monkey” and “Price Tag – Migron” – was painted on the monastery walls and the building door was set on fire.
On July 2, 2013, Auerbach and two other Jewish settlers were arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order.
Police associated Auerbach with the monastery hate crime and he was remanded by a court to custody for a total of nine days. Auerbach reportedly denied having any connection to the hate crime arson but also refused to answer police questions and maintained his right not to incriminate himself.
“After the irresponsible witch-hunt by the police, the painful truth is quietly coming to light. Many unnecessary false detentions brought about by pressure from the media and politicians, ended with nothing. We hope that the police will change their method, and believe that a suit will be filed on the matter,” Auerbach’s attorney, Adi Kedar of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Honenu legal aid organization reportedly said.
Auerbach is reportedly considering suing for false imprisonment.