Suspect arrested on suspicion of threatening Reform, atheists

39 year old man suspected of vandalism against Reform synagogue, sending threatening notes to atheists.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Graffiti (illustration)
Graffiti (illustration)
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A 39-year-old resident of central Israel was arrested on suspicion of involvement in threats and intentions to harm key atheist officials and activists, as well as members of the Reform Movement.

The police raided the suspect's house after obtaining a search warrant and arrested him outside the home. The home of the suspect's mother was also searched.

The suspect has been detained for questioning.

The investigation followed a number of incidents in Jerusalem and central Israel dating back to 2014. The investigation determined that the incidents were related and religiously motivated.

The incidents included the spray-painted of hate graffiti on a Reform synagogue in Ra'anana, The suspect is also believed to be behind the spray-painting of the addresses of leading atheist activists, and the placing of threatening notes with knives on their mail boxes.

"The police investigation will continue with an focus on finding additional incidents in which the suspect was involved, and the police will act to ensure full accountability," the police said.