West Bank: At least two Israeli teenagers were arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of involvement in a ‘Jewish terror’ plot whose details are currently under gag order by Israeli authorities, The Times of Israel reported.
The Israeli investigation is being conducted jointly by the domestic Israeli intelligence agency the Shin Bet security service and the police’s national crime unit, which are probing the incident as a possible Jewish terror attack.
A squad of Shin Bet agents and officers in the Yasam police reconnaissance unit raided a yeshiva in the northern West Bank and grabbed the teens, who have since been prevented from speaking to a lawyer, said a spokesman for the Honenu legal aid organization that is representing one of the suspects.
Itamar Ben Gvir, who is representing another of the teens, slammed the conduct of Israeli authorities and accused the Shin Bet agents of torturing his client in order to extract a false confession.
The case is under further investigation.
UPDATE – 31 December 2018:
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) can continue to interrogate a minor arrested on Sunday in the alleged Jewish terror case, the Lod District Court ruled Monday, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The minor’s lawyer, Itamar Ben Gvir, had filed a petition demanding he get to meet with his client, but the court denied the petition.
“Unfortunately, the court is giving its backing too broadly to the Shin Bet though just recently we revealed troubling testimony regarding the Shin Bet’s conduct of questioning the detainees in the Duma case.” “We will appeal to the Supreme Court and prevent further harm to the minors,” Ben Gvir said.
The minor and two others, whose names are under gag order, have been under questioning by the Shin Bet without access to a lawyer since they were arrested by the Shin Bet and police in the West Bank Sunday.
Further details of the allegations are under gag order pending developments in the ongoing questioning of the suspects.
This story will be updated in case of new information.