Six youths from the Binyamin region of the West Bank who were arrested due to their involvement in security offenses against Palestinians are suspected of torching vehicles, throwing Molotov cocktails and gas grenades at inhabited homes and assault, the Shin Bet released for publication Wednesday morning.
According to the Shin Bet, shortly after their arrest, the suspects admitted the acts attributed to them, and in recent days they have even reenacted several of the incidents.
The six suspects – Pinchas Sandorfi, 22, Itamar Ben Aharon 20, Michael Kaplan, 20, two boys aged 16 and 17, and a soldier – all of whom
live in a settlement in Binyamin. Three of them are brothers, and the actions attributed to them are believed to have taken place in the Gush Talmonim area near Ramallah. The detainees are also being investigated on suspicion of similar offenses carried out in 2008 and 2009.
The Shin Bet and the nationalistic crimes department of the West Bank police investigation revealed that the members of the cell, who were active for a long time, are suspected of torching a Palestinian vehicle in the Palestinian village of Beit Illu a few hours after the murder of Na’ama and Eitam Heinkin last October.
In addition, the cell is suspected of attacking a Palestinian in July 2015, and of torching another Palestinian vehicle in 2014. Moreover, five of them are suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a house in the Palestinian village of Mazra’a al-Qibliya last November 20 and of throwing a gas grenade y at a house in the village of Beit Illu last December.
Ynet News, by Elisha Ben Kimon, Yoav Zitun