Suspects arrested in torching of joint Arab-Jewish school


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several suspects were arrested in the suspected arson attack on a joint Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem.

The suspects were arrested a week ago, shortly after a fire was set in the classroom of the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School.

On Sunday, the Petach Tikvah Magistrate’s Court lifted a media gag order on the arrests.

A gag order remains in place on the exact number of suspects being held and details of the investigation.

A preliminary police investigation found that the blaze was set intentionally.

“Death to Arabs” and “There is no coexistence with cancer” were among the anti-Arab epithets spray-painted on the school walls.

The court on Sunday extended the remand of the suspects until Thursday, and allowed the police and Shin Bet security service to continue to prevent the suspects from meeting with their lawyers, Haaretz reported.

The Hand In Hand Jerusalem School is Israel’s largest joint Arab-Jewish school and the only such primary and high school in the city. Five Hand in Hand schools are located throughout the country.

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