Israeli neo-Nazis confess

Four young Israeli men confessed to violence in the service of a neo-Nazi cell.

Four of eight alleged members of the Jewish state’s first known neo-Nazi cell accepted a plea bargain in Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday under which they face prison sentences of between eight months and four years.

The defendants, three of whom are minors, admitted to assaulting religious Jews and foreign workers, and
vandalizing synagogues.

The four other suspects, believed to be the group’s ringleaders, are considering separate plea bargains,
though they could be offered eight years behind bars.

The group was arrested last year after a protracted police investigation. All are recent immigrants from the
former Soviet Union, including some not considered Jewish under Orthodox law.

The case has shocked Israel and prompted calls for immigration criteria to be reviewed.

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