Bentzi Gopstein
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Benzi Gopstein, the leader of the anti-assimilation Lehava movement, was released to house arrest Sunday night.

Police raided the homes of a number of Lehava members Sunday morning. 15 Lehava activists were arrested, including Gopstein, on suspicion of threatening Israeli Arabs.

The police said in a Jerusalem Magistrate's Court hearing that Gopstein was suspected of a single offense of threats and asked to extend his detention by five days.

Gopstein's attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, argued that Gopstein's activity against assimilation was not racist and presented a series of decisions in which suspects were released against whom there were more serious suspicions.

Judge Eitan Cohen ruled that the evidence against Gopstein was weak and ordered his release under restrictive conditions. The judge postponed the decision until tomorrow in order to give police an opportunity to consider whether or not to file an appeal.

Attorney Ben-Gvir said in response that "as we said at the beginning of the road, this is a sham arrest designed to satisfy the extreme left and the Reform movement, whiled filed a petition against Gopstein."

"On the day that Gopstein was arrested for telling a Jew that it was not good for her to go out with Arabs, democracy in the State of Israel suffered a mortal blow, especially when leftists and Arabs said things several times and were not arrested at all," Ben-Gvir added.

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