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      ‘Price Tag’ Suspects Held in Tiny Jail Cell

      A Petach Tikvah court extends for another five days the remand of two ”price tag” suspects being held in jail without bathroom facilities.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 8/9/2011, 11:02 AM

      Police at Yitzhar
      Police at Yitzhar
      Yesha human rights photo

      A Petach Tikvah court on Tuesday extended for another five days the remand of two ”price tag” suspects being held in a tiny cell without bathroom facilities.

      "Price Tag"  or, as it is sometimes called, "Mutual Caring" is the name given by a group of Yesha supporters to their decision to block roads and demonstrate after houses are destroyed by Israel or Arabs vandalize Jewish property. They claim that an even smaller group of young extremists may have decided to extend actions past legal limits, but this has not been proven as yet, although incidents have occurred and suspects have been arrested.

      The suspects this time are Calev Blank, 22, and a 16-year-old, both of them Torah students at the Ode Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar, located north of Jerusalem in northern Samaria.

      The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has told media that they are suspected of setting Arab cars on fire in retaliation for government-ordered demolitions of Jewish homes and harassment of residents.

      Authorities have not disclosed evidence of the alleged arson attacks.

      Friends of the two suspects stood outside the courtroom and protested the harsh condition under which they are being held. Their attorney said they were placed in a tiny cell without beds and without bathroom facilities.