Daily Israel Report

Suspect in Torching Police Car Released

Resident of Havat Gilad was suspected of setting police car ablaze at Alei Ayin 8 months ago.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/26/2012, 5:01 PM

Hike at Alei Ayin, 6/8/2011
Hike at Alei Ayin, 6/8/2011
Binyamin Residents' Council

A 22 year old who was arrested last week on suspicion of setting a police car ablaze eight months ago has been released to house arrest, nationalist prisoners' rights NGO Honenu reported Sunday.

The young man is a resident of Havat Gilad in Samaria.

The event for which he was arrested took place during a particularly rough eviction of a Jewish outpost on June 2, 2011 at Alei Ayin, 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. 

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.