Daily Israel Report

Police Arrest Mother Over Son's 'Price Tag' Investigation

Teen arrested for carrying nails and hammers; rights lawyers condemn the tactic, saying it is to encourage a false confession.
By Ben Shaul
First Publish: 5/11/2014, 7:57 PM

Jail (illustration)
Jail (illustration)
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The Judea-Samaria police arrested a 45 year-old Beit Shemesh woman Sunday, after an investigation launched after the arrest of her teenaged son allegedly went nowhere. 

The woman's son was arrested on Friday near Elad on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, police said, after he and other youths were found carrying nails and hammers. Police arrested the teens, claiming possession of the building materials constituted conspiracy to commit a "price tag" attack. 

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, rights lawyer and advocate for the rights group Honenu, is representing both defendants. Ben-Gvir has already appealed on the youth's behalf to the District Court, demanding that the young man be released tomorrow if there is still no progress in the investigation. 

"The system is losing its senses," family members stated, following the mother's arrest. "Just last week there were a number of attacks and a Jewish teenage girl [Shelly Dadon - ed.] was murdered - and instead of fighting the real enemy they are wasting their time on good Jews."

"It is time to differentiate between friend and enemy," they added. 

Ben-Gvir also spoke about the arrest, deriding police forces for harping on petty allegations.

"The court ruled today that if there is no progress in the investigation then the son must be released," he stated. "The police have decided to make a drama out of the courtroom. Worst of all is the pressure they put on the youth when he sees his mother arrested, which encourages him to make a false confession." 

"What won't they do to please [Interior Security Minister Yitzhak] Aharonovitch?" he added. 

Aharonovitch, along with several other ministers, pledged to crack down on Jewish extremists in a press conference last week, instead of focusing on actual terrorism against Jews. The remarks sparked frustration from fellow ministers.