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Police arrest suspect in arson attack on Jewish shrine

Damage is seen to a shrine, believed by some to be the burial place of the biblical Benjamin son of Jacob, following a fire near the city of Kfar Saba, on May 6, 2022. (Israel Police)
Damage is seen to a shrine, believed by some to be the burial place of the biblical Benjamin son of Jacob, following a fire near the city of Kfar Saba, on May 6, 2022. (Israel Police)

Police say they have arrested a Jewish resident of Harish suspected of setting fire to a Jewish shrine in central Israel last Friday.

The fire caused extensive damage to a building worshipers revere as the final resting place of the biblical Benjamin, one of the 12 sons of the patriarch Jacob.

The suspect is a 24-year-old resident of Harish. He will be brought before the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court for a remand hearing. The judge will also weigh a request to conduct a psychological exam on the suspect.

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