Israel-based neo-Nazis sentenced to prison


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Eight members of a neo-Nazi gang based in central Israel were sentenced to prison.

On Sunday, a Tel Aviv District Court handed down the sentences, the longest of which was seven years. The state prosecutor had signed plea agreements with the cell members, males aged 16 to 21. Four were convicted in April.

The cell members were arrested in September, accused of attacks on drug addicts, homosexuals, religious Jews wearing kipot and foreign workers, among others.

"These are horrifying actions no Jews can accept." Judge Zvi Gurfinkel wrote in his ruling. "The fact that these are Jews who immigrated to Israel and have chosen to adopt racial theories is grave. The notion that they did so in order to please others is unacceptable.

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