JERUSALEM (Oct. 21)
Charges were issued this week against 74 residents of Hebron and the nearby town of Halhul, mostly youths, suspected of desecrating the synagogue at the Tomb of the Patriarchs on Yom Kippur eve. The special police team investigating the event stressed that it was possible the riots that followed were planned, not spontaneous as previously believed. At the same time, three Kiryat Arba residents have been detained for questioning regarding the events preceding the desecration of the tomb. A Koran was found destroyed lying on the floor of the tomb.