Samaria Man Remanded for Torching Police Car

A resident of Havat Gilad is suspected of involvement in torching a squad car 8 months ago.

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Gil Ronen,

Police at a demolition
Police at a demolition
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Police on Monday arrested a 22-year-old resident of Havat Gilad in Samaria on suspicion of involvement in setting a police squad car on fire eight months ago.

On Thursday, the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court extended the man's remand by another 4 days, the NGO Honenu, which provides legal assistance to Jews suspected of nationalist crimes, reported.

The event took place during a particularly rough eviction of a Jewish outpost on June 2, 2011 at Alei Ain, near Shilo in the Binyamin region. Police forces threw a gas grenade into a home, hurled rocks at residents, and razed a home and two agricultural structures. In addition, they destroyed several cars placed in the way of the forces.

A number of clashes broke out, and six Border Guard officers and five residents were reported lightly hurt – including three young residents who were hospitalized with head wounds. A firebomb was hurled at the car that serves Brig. Gen. Yoram Akoa, Commander of the police's Binyamin District, and it went up in flames. There was no one in the car at the time.

Five youths were arrested at the time on suspicion that they burned the car, but were released a short time later when no evidence was found of their guilt. Three of them were rearrested a week later, and then released again.

The suspect arrested Wednesday is represented by Attorney David Halevy of Honenu.