Above: Bedouins looking at the remains of their burned tent 8-2015 Photo (Credit: Zakaria Sadeh from Rabbis for Human Rights). Above right and below: Yussuf Ka'abanah, the tent's owner, points at the graffiti left by the assailants. Photo credit: Zakaria Sadeh from Rabbis for Human Rights.
2 Right-Wing West Bank Jewish Settlers Indicted In Hate Crime Arson Of Bedouin Tent
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Two right-wing Jewish extremists have been indicted for a price tag hate crime arson attack on a Bedouin tent located near Ramallah in the West Bank, Ha’aretz reported. The Hebrew word for "revenge” was also spray-painted near the site of the attack, which took place last month, as was the the Hebrew word for "administrative" – likely referring to administrative detention of right-wing activists – and a Jewish star.
19-year-old Avi Gafni 19 and a minor were indicted on charges of incitement, making violent threats, conspiring to commit a felony, and perverting the course of justice.
The tent was unoccupied at the time of the arson and there were no reported injuries related to the attack.
Another minor was arrested in connection with the attack and questioned by police, but has not been charged.
All three suspects are from the West Bank Jewish outpost of Baladim.
The Shin Bet reportedly said yesterday that Gafni, the adult, is "a violent ‘Hilltop [Youth]’ activist and a member of a Jewish terror group, which is behind attacks."
Gafni, who is originally from Beit Shemesh, has a number of time been under an administrative order to leave the West Bank, reportedly because of “information that pointed to his involvement in, and carrying out of, a number of incidents of arson against property and religious sites of Palestinians in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem."
The tent normally would have been occupied by eight people, including children, who would have been sleeping at the time of the late night attack. But because of the severe heat, the family had temporarily moved to another location and was using the tent to temporary store feed for its herds.
If not for the extreme heat and the family’s temporary location to higher ground, “the whole family would have burned” in the attack, a son of the tent’s owner reportedly said.