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Yeshiva Youth Detained for Inciting Violence Against Arabs

A 17-year old yeshiva student was remanded in custody for ten days by a magistrates court here today on suspicion of incitement to violence against Arabs, He was one of four youths brought before the court in connection with an illegal organization known as “Terror-Anti-Terror” which advocates reprisals against Arab terrorist acts.

Shimon Lerner, the apparent leader of the group, admitted that he was a member of the Jewish Defense League in the past but claimed that he was no longer connected with that organization. He also claimed that he has nothing against Arabs and was opposed in principle to counter-terrorism as an act of vengeance. Lerner was convicted two years ago in a case of arson against a missionary institution. He conveyed an impression of innocence in the court but police described him as “a cunning fox” who refused to cooperate with them and refused to give the name of his father. The police requested that he be detained because they believe him to be a key figure behind the organization that sends young Jews into East Jerusalem for reprisal acts of violence and sabotage against Arab residents.