The usually taciturn Shin Bet security service lashed out against Jewish terror organizations on Thursday, saying the groups display “extremist, anti-Zionist ideology” and bear responsibility for the current unrest in Israel and the West Bank.
In recent weeks, the Shin Bet and police have arrested a number of far-right Jewish Israelis believed to be members of one such extremist Jewish group, under the suspicion that they carried out “grave terror attacks,” the Shin Bet said in a statement, referring specifically to the killing of three members of the Dawabsha family in a firebombing attack this summer.
“These terror attacks, which are suspected of having been carried out by the organization, led to the murder of three innocent Palestinians, which destabilized the area and negatively influenced the security situation,” the Shin Bet said.
Eighteen-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha and his parents were killed in the firebombing of their home in the Palestinian village of Duma on July 31, 2015. The couple’s then-four-year-old son was the sole survivor from his immediate family.
Since the deadly attack, Palestinians have often highlighted the firebombing and lack of progress in the case as one of the causes of the ongoing wave of knife, gun and car-ramming attacks targeting Israelis that has swept through the country since mid-September.
The Shin Bet accused the suspects of using “violent means to bring about a change in the government in the State of Israel.”
Earlier in the day, the suspects’ attorneys accused the Shin Bet of “outrageous physical violence” against their clients.
“The Shin Bet investigators are allowing themselves to abuse and strike the youth. I understand that the investigators want to arrive at their goal, but there’s a limit,” the lawyers, all from the Honenu organization, which principally handles cases of Israelis accused of nationalistic crimes, said during a press conference.
The Shin Bet, however, claimed in a statement that the suspects were not tortured, but were rather “interrogated in an intensive way with regards to the suspicions against them.”
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