Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, Deputy Religious Affairs Minister, condemned two incidents of arson incidents over Shabbat. “As Shabbat ended I heard about these incidents and was shocked,” he said. “In recent months there have been numerous such incidents. Meanwhile, government officials remain quiet.”
In once incident, a synagogue in Petach Tikvah was set afire on Shabbat afternoon. The Beit Yaakov synagogue was empty of worshippers at the time of the fire, police said, adding that the building was burned down by an arsonist. In the second incident several hours later, a caravan belonging to the Chabad movement was set afire as well. The caravan is located at a gas station rest stop north of Netanya on Road 6. The caravan is used by drivers who stop off to pray on their way to or from their jobs.