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28 Ellul 5767 - September 11, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Eight Members of Neo-Nazi Group in Petach Tikva Still in Custody

By G. Lazer

The Ramle Magistrate Court remanded eight young Petach Tikva residents suspected of belonging to a neo-Nazi organization. Police told the court the prosecution would soon issue indictments against the gang members, ages 16 to 21.

According to suspicions the group members, immigrants from former Soviet countries, brutally assaulted dozens of Jews wearing yarmulkes, as well as minorities, foreign workers and drug addicts. They would stalk their victims near the Central Bus Station and the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Conversations among the gang members opened with the words, "Heil Hitler." They documented their acts in photographs and videos. Police also suspect that gang members were involved in vandalism attacks on two botei knesses in Petach Tikva last year. During questioning, the suspects confessed to the crimes attributed to them, but claimed they were "drawn in" by other youths.

The incident was first exposed a year ago during an investigation of acts of vandalism at Beis Haknesses Hagodol in Petach Tikva, where swastikas were spray-painted in the aron kodesh and the name "Hitler" and neo-Nazi slogans were scrawled elsewhere.

During the investigation, which has lasted for several months, police investigated over 20 youths who were in contact with the suspects, primarily via email. The suspects' parents were also interrogated and said they knew nothing of their sons' activities. The suspects included Rostislav Bogoslavsky, who was arrested several months ago on suspicion that he murdered two people in Petach Tikva in addition to hundreds of cats. The investigators found that Bogoslavsky had collaborated with two of the gang members in several acts of vandalism at botei knesses in the city.

According to police, "All of the suspects are immigrants from the former Soviet Union and all of them immigrated based on the Law of Return, but their ties to Judaism are very loose, through grandparents or distant relatives." Explosives were found in the home of one of the suspects, but his plans remain unknown. Most of the suspects studied or still study in schools and one of them, who managed to flee the country, even served in the IDF for several months.

The affair has shaken the political establishment and sparked public debate. "The members of the neo-Nazi underground are a cancer eating away at Israeli society," said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce and Industry Eli Yishai. He called on Interior Minister Meir Shetreet to revoke the suspects' citizenship immediately and to deport them.


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