Mother of Detained Girl: They're Trying to Create Fear

Mothers of girls who were arrested for alleged 'price tag' vandalism: Our daughters are not criminals.

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Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski,

The families of the girls at the Petach Tikva
The families of the girls at the Petach Tikva
Israel news photo: Yoni Kempinski

The mothers of the seven girls who were arrested on Sunday for alleged ‘price tag’ vandalism condemned the pre-dawn arrest in a conversation with Arutz Sheva, and emphasized that their daughters are not criminals.

The girls, six of them minors, were arrested two months ago and then released on condition that they stay away from the eastern Binyamin region in Samaria for one month. They were detained again in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police suspect they were involved in vandalism of IDF property and Arab olive groves in alleged “price tag” retaliations for the destruction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. The Petach Tikva Magistrates Court extended the girls’ remand by 48 hours on Sunday afternoon.

“They knocked on the door at about 5:40 in the morning,” Leah, a resident of Elon Moreh whose daughter was detained for questioning, told Arutz Sheva. “There were about twenty cops, they came with a warrant and entered the house without permission. They searched the whole place, woke up all the children and demanded to take my daughter for questioning.”

“It’s very sad, it’s a waste of time and a waste of energy,” she added. “There are a lot of Arab terrorists running around. Just two nights ago 90 sheep were stolen from Elon Moreh, but it seems that the most important thing [to the police] is these young girls who really didn’t do anything.”

A second mother, who asked to remain anonymous, told Arutz Sheva that her daughter was not at home when the police arrived, but after the cops left she had called her daughter and this somehow enabled the police to find her.

“I made a mistake and I called my daughter,” the mother said, “and somehow they found her.”

The mother said she does not know whether the police had bugged her phone to locate her daughter, but said “that’s likely what happened – the fact is that they found her.”

Leah added that she does not believe the girls’ spirit will be broken by the arrest.

“They know what’s right, what’s not right, what’s important and what’s not important,” she said. “They know the police are just coming to instill fear, to make people nervous, and to try to make people less idealistic.”