3 arrested for burning Israeli flag on Lag Ba'Omer

Adult and 2 teenagers arrested for burning Israeli flag on Lag Ba'Omer. Police seek suspects in burning of effigies of soldiers.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

hanging and burning of soldier effigy
hanging and burning of soldier effigy
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Police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of burning an Israeli flag on Lag Ba'Omer. Two teenagers were also detained on suspicion of flag burning.

Police are continuing to search for the extremists who threw effigies of IDF soldiers into bonfires on Lag Ba'Omer Sunday night. "The Israel Police will continue its activities, [and is] determined to find and bring to justice all those involved."

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that a criminal investigation into the burning of the effigies of the soldiers had been opened.

"During the Lag Ba'Omer holiday we were exposed to the despicable phenomenon of the hanging and burning of puppets in the form of IDF soldiers. We must declare publcly that this ugly phenomenon of contempt for IDF soldiers serving the country is a despicable phenomenon that must be fought until we completely destroy it," Erdan said.

He continued: "As part of this policy, a special officer has been appointed in the investigations division and an inter-ministerial team has been established. We are monitoring these incidents in real time in order to arrest suspects and eradicate this phenomenon."

The Minister also said that indictments were filed against the suspects in the case of harassment against a haredi rabbi who supports the recruitment of haredi men to the IDF. "Unfortunately, due to the procedures of the State of Israel, the decisions on offenses of incitement to violence, expression of expression, freedom of speech, etc. are not within the jurisdiction of the police. The police would very much like to bring these (The Academy of Arts and Design in which several months ago a student hung a poster depicting a noose and the prime minister's face, ed.), which the police thought was a criminal offense, but the State Prosecutor's Office decided it was not a criminal offense and closed the file. And so in such cases a request must also be made to the Justice Ministry.