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        2/14/2014, Adar 14, 5774

      4 Beit El Rock-Throwing Suspects Released

      The Jerusalem District Court ordered police, Thursday, to release four youths from the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem, who were arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of throwing rocks at Arabs. Ruling on an appeal by the Honenu legal-aid organization against the remand of the youths, Judge Moshe Drori also criticized the police for arresting the youths by breaking into their homes. On Wednesday, a single suspect was arrested and ordered released.

      The community has complained about the police not taking any action against neighboring Arabs who regularly throw stones at them. Honenu attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir said the police recently established and increased the size of a nationalist-crimes unit and fully admitted that the unit only arrests Jews. He said, "If that's not racism, I don't know what is."

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