Terrorism charges added in torching of Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (JTA) – Supporting a terrorist organization was among the additional charges filed against the suspects in the arson attack on a joint Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem.

The new charges announced Tuesday against the three suspects also include incitement to violence and incitement to racism.

Last month, the suspects were charged with arson, breaking and entering, and destroying property in the fire and vandalism at the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School.

Yitzhak Gabai, 22, of Jerusalem, and brothers Shlomo Rachamim Twitto, 20, and Nachman Twitto, 18, both of Beitar Illit, are members of Lehava, a group that opposes Arab-Israeli coexistence and assimilation.

Along with setting a classroom on fire, the three are accused of spray-painting anti-Arab epithets on the school’s walls.

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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