Lighting Hanukkah candles (illustration)
Lighting Hanukkah candles (illustration) Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

If the suspects in the Duma arson case cannot meet with their attorneys, said Adi Keidar of the Honenu legal rights organization, they should at least be allowed to light Hanukkah candles.

“We hope that if the Shabak and police prevent the suspects from enjoying their legal right to a meeting with their attorneys, they will at least let them have their legal right to freely perform their religious duties,” Keidar told Arutz Sheva.

Last week, police said that there had been a “significant development” in the case, and that several suspects had been arrested. The identities of the suspects have not been revealed, but are known to family and community members. Several protests have been held demanding that the suspects be released, after Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan admitted that there was no solid evidence against the suspects, one of whom is a U.S. citizen. But so far there has been no response; authorities are determined to hold the suspects, Keidar said.

Keidar and attorneys for the suspects said that despite the lack of evidence against them, the suspects were being held “under difficult conditions. Several of them need medical attention and this has been denied them as well.” He added that several of the detainees' family members have been questioned in the case, with the only reason for this to pressure the suspects into confessing to crimes they had no part of.

On Sunday, Itamar Ben-Gvir, an attorney for one of the suspects, told Army Radio in an interview Sunday that he was “vigorously protesting” the continued denial of the rights of his client.

His client, said Ben-Gvir, is being treated “worse than a terrorist.” Unlike his client, the attorney said, the Arab terrorist who ran down terror victim Shalom Sherki last April was given an opportunity to consult with attorneys the next day – unlike his client.

“These are just suspects, and they are not even allowed to meet with their attorneys,” said Ben-Gvir. “There is clear discrimination here. I am shocked at the silence of the rights groups that claim to be concerned with fairness for all, who have kept quiet in this case.”