Teen-Age Brothers Held For Making Posters Of Rabin As Nazi
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Two teen-age brothers are under arrest for allegedly printing images of Yitzhak Rabin in Nazi uniform for a poster that has become a symbol of extremist opposition to the assassinated prime minister.
The suspects, ages 15 and 16, worked on the photo montage at their Jerusalem home and at the Jewish seminary where they studied, Jerusalem police Chief Arieh Amit said Friday. The parents and rabbis apparently were unaware of the boys’ activities, Amit said.
The boys were arrested Thursday on suspicion of incitement and sedition and ordered held for six days while the investigation continues. They were not identified because of their age.
During a search of their home, police discovered a prayer book with a prayer for Rabin’s death written on its last page, Israel radio said.
Police later announced they had arrested two other young people for allegedly distributing the photos and that more arrests were expected.
Nazi symbols are highly provocative in Israel, which serves as a refuge for tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors.
The posters were first hoisted at an Oct. 5 anti-government rally held to protest the Israel-PLO autonomy agreement directing Israeli troops to withdraw from most West Bank towns and villages by the end of the year.
The posters have cropped up repeatedly in the debate over blame for Rabin’s Nov. 4 assassination by a Jewish opponent of the Palestinian peace accord. Rabin’s widow, Leah, and government officials have faulted opposition figures, including Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, for creating the hateful atmosphere that preceded Rabin’s killing.
Mrs. Rabin has said Netanyahu should have walked away from the Oct. 4 rally at which he was the central speaker when he first saw the posters showing her husband in a Nazi uniform.
Also Friday, a magistrate in the coastal town of Netanya ordered three members of the right-wing extremist group Eyal held for five more days, Israel radio said.
The three participated in an Eyal ``swearing-in″ ceremony at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl ceremony that was filmed by an Israel TV crew as part of a report on extremists.
In the footage, the three are shown wearing ski masks. Police investigator Zvi Gelber told the judge the suspects made racist remarks at the time and threatened to attack Arabs and Jews.
Media reports have said that Eyal was created two years ago by Israel’s Shin Bet security services to draw Jewish extremists and expose them. It is widely reported that the founder of Eyal, Avishai Raviv, is a Shin Bet informer.
Eyal was also given support from an Israeli legislator, a member of the organization told Israel television Friday.
Natan Levi, whose has been a fugitive since the assassination, refused to identify the lawmaker, but said from his hiding place that the help was on condition they broke no laws. He did not elaborate.
Meanwhile Friday, the spokesman of the outlawed anti-Arab Kach group, Noam Federman, appeared before a Jerusalem magistrate and was ordered held until an investigation against him is completed.
Federman, a resident of the West Bank town of Hebron, was accused of repeatedly violating orders by the West Bank army commander that restrict his movement.
The orders were first issued after the February 1994 Hebron mosque massacre in which a Kach member, Baruch Goldstein, shot and killed 29 Muslim worshipers.