3 Jewish-Israeli teens arrested for anti-Arab hate crimes


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Jewish-Israeli teenagers have been arrested for carrying out anti-Arab attacks in response to a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv.

The teens were arrested earlier this week for spray-painting hate graffiti and setting cars on fire in the village of Yafia, located near Nazareth, in the lower Galilee area of northern Israel, the Shin Bet security service announced in a statement Thursday.

The suspects, aged 15 and 16, have confessed to the attacks in revenge for the June 8 attack on the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv in which four people were killed, the Shin Bet said.

The security agency said the teens, from Carmiel and Balfouria in northern Israel and Elon Moreh in the West Bank, have ties to settler youth right-wing extremists and were planning the attack prior to the Sarona shooting, but decided to act in the wake of the incident.

Indictments are expected to be handed down in the coming days.

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