Ar­son sus­pects in­dicted

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

THIS WEEK, five months af­ter three mem­bers of the Dawab­sheh fam­ily were mur­dered in an ar­son at­tack in the Pales­tinian West Bank vil­lage of Douma, in­dict­ments were served on two sus­pected per­pe­tra­tors.

Twenty-year-old Ami­ram Ben Uliel was ac­cused on Sun­day of hav­ing thrown a Molo­tov cock­tail into the Dawab­sheh home on July 31. A mi­nor, whose name is sub­ject to a gag-or­der, has been ac­cused of as­sist­ing him — but not of join­ing in with the at­tack.

The two were among a group of young set­tler sus­pects who have been un­der ar­rest for six weeks.

Shin Bet in­ves­ti­ga­tors were al­lowed to use “spe­cial” types of phys­i­cal coer- cion on the sus­pects which, ac­cord­ing to their lawyers and Is­raeli hu­man­rights groups, amounted to tor­ture.

While the al­leged mo­tive of the Douma at­tack was re­venge for the killing of a Jewish set­tler by Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists, the Shin Bet main­tains that the group’s core ob­jec­tive is to fo­ment violence be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans and bring about the col­lapse of the Is­raeli state, to be re­placed by a Jewish king­dom.

One ma­jor ob­sta­cle still re­main­ing in the le­gal pro­ceed­ings is the chal­lenge the sus­pects’ lawyers plan to mount against the ad­mis­si­bil­ity of their con­fes­sions. The Is­raeli le­gal sys­tem al­lows in­ves­ti­ga­tors to use “spe­cial mea­sures” for­pre­ven­ta­tiverea­sons—but­the­judges may rule against their use in this case.

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