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Teens Accused of Molotov Cocktail Attacks After Abduction

Teens knew kidnapped boys personally; Attorney Ben-Gvir slams 'lack of discretion' in making arrests under the circumstances.
By Uzi Baruch
First Publish: 6/20/2014, 8:55 AM

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir
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A 16-year-old resident of Betar Illit, who previously studied with two of the teenagers kidnapped by Hamas last Thursday, was accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Palestinian Arab on Monday, in an apparent revenge attack following the abduction.

The teenager, along with two friends, was also arrested for throwing stones at nearby Arabs. 

All three were arrested Monday and admitted to conducting the attacks. They were brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court and released to house arrest with police consent. 

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represented the teens via the Honenu legal aid organization, emphasized during the boys' hearing that all three were suffering from post-traumatic stress. 

Ben-Gvir noted that one of the suspects was a classmate of two of the kidnapped teens, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha'ar (both 16), and the emotional turmoil following the abduction contributed to the attack. 

"While it's good that the court released the minors, the police and the prosecution need to exert more discretion in these cases," Ben-Gvir stated Friday. 

"These circumstances are very, very extraordinary," he continued. "The entire Jewish people is following the kidnapping case...one of the boys knows the captives personally, and in these circumstances I would expect more sensitivity on behalf of the police and prosecution to exercise discretion in terms of the concrete circumstances surrounding this incident." 

The three teens will be served with an indictment Friday in the Juvenile District Court.