Israeli police arrest 15 suspected Jewish extremists including leader of far-right group Lehava

Israeli police arrest 15 suspected Jewish extremists including leader of far-right group Lehava

Police arrested Benzi Gopstein

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Police in Israel have detained 15 alleged Jewish extremists suspected of threatening Arab men who are dating Jewish women, as a result of an undercover investigation.

One of those arrested was the leader of Israeli far-right group Lehava, Benzi Gopstein, according to The South China Morning Post.

Police said several searches and arrests took place at the same time in northern and southern Israel as well as in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

After questioning, five of the group had to take part in remand hearings, including Gopstein.

He told local media he had been arrested for telling a Jewish woman that it is wrong for her to be in a relationship with an Arab man.

However he claims he hasn't done anything wrong and says Lehava does not break the law, adding “it’s all nonsense.”

Gopstein has now been placed under house arrest. Two others are to be remanded in custody for a further two days, whilst the others who were arrested have been released, according to reports.

This is not the first time Gopstein has been questioned by police. The same thing happened in 2015, after he had condoned Christian churches being set on fire. Lehava is also known for being strongly against intermarriage between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man.

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