JERUSALEM (Dec. 21)
Police searches of two yeshivas here last Friday failed to yield explosives or the type of offensive weapons suspected of being concealed on the premises, police sources indicated Sunday.
The targets of the raids were the Shuvu Banim Yeshiva in the Moslem Quarter of the Old City and the Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion. Large quantities of material were removed from both, but their nature was not disclosed.
The raids followed the arrest of Shuvu Banim student Moshe Shalgi after a police chase late last Wednesday night. He was released on bail by a magistrates court despite a police request that he be remanded in custody.
Shalgi is suspected of participating in recent attacks on Arabs and in a new wave of arson against bus stop shelters that carry advertising posters offensive to ultra-Orthodox Jews. A bus shelter in the Romema district was set on fire last Thursday morning, the sixth such attack in recent days.
The Shuvu Banim Yeshiva, run by the Breslav Hasidim, was the school attended by Eliahu Amdi, whose stabbing death on November 15 touched off a week of attacks on Arabs and their property by Orthodox Jews.