Indictments have been filed in the Jerusalem District Court against three residents of Bat Ayin Tuesday, for allegedly committing 'hate crimes,' aggravated assault with a racist motive, and assaulting a public servant, among other charges.
The three defendants include two 16-17 year-old boys from the community and a 19 year-old named as David Or Shahar.
One of the youths is charged with a count of obstruction of justice, and is accused of having been in contact with Elad Sela, the IDF soldier accused of revealing state and military secrets two weeks ago. Sela allegedly passed to the youth information about upcoming arrests of community members, and the youth warned others.
According to the indictment, the three are accused in several cases of racially-motivated attacks, including charges of attacking a Palestinian Arab worker as well as IDF officers who attempted to break up the altercation.
The three are also accused of throwing rocks at Arab vehicles outside Bat Ayin, as well as cutting down olive trees and tagging the orchard with the phrase "Arab thieves and Price Tag." The damage is estimated to amount to about 30,000 shekels ($7,698).