Rights Group: Leave the Settlers Alone
Two Jewish men who were arrested on suspicion of arson targeting Arab-owned cars were released Tuesday when it was discovered that they were not involved in the incident. Police reported that the two men had cooperated with officers.
Residents of an Arab town near Ofra, in the Binyamin region, had complained that 10 cars had been burnt. A similar incident was reported in the town of Akbara in northern Israel, where cars were found burnt next to the words, “Don’t touch our girls.”
Police suspected “price tag” vandalism in both cases.
In so-called “price tag” incidents, Arab property is destroyed in response to terrorist attacks or the demolition of Jewish outposts.
The Honenu legal rights group has represented many Jewish men and teenagers, most residents of Judea and Samaria (Shomron), who have been arrested and questioned in connection to “price tag” attacks. A statement from the group Tuesday expressed frustration over the ongoing situation.
“It would be better for police to focus on the trend in the cases that have been solved – that is, the arsons committed by Arabs in order to frame Jews, like we saw in Tuba Zangariya and Kotzra just recently,” the group said. “Leave the settlers alone.”