Soldier questioned by Shin Bet for alleged racist attack on Arab minors

Attorneys for serviceman, who along with several others is accused of assaulting pair in Hadera last month, say they’ve been denied access to him since his arrest two days ago

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

An IDF soldier being held by the Shin Bet on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on an Arab man in Israel. (Courtesy/Honenu)
An IDF soldier being held by the Shin Bet on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on an Arab man in Israel. (Courtesy/Honenu)

An Israeli soldier was being questioned by the Shin Bet security agency over his alleged involvement in a suspected racially motivated attack on Arab minors in Israel, his lawyers said Tuesday.

The conscripted serviceman was accused of beating two Arab minors along with others in the city of Hadera last month.

The soldier has been denied access to a lawyer since his arrest, 48 hours prior, the right-wing legal aid group Honenu said.

He was to remain held by the Shin Bet until Sunday at least, following a remand hearing on Monday.

The Shin Bet was involved in the investigation as the attack was suspected to be racially or nationalistically motivated. According to an initial investigation, the soldier and other suspects chased after the two Arab minors and assaulted them in Hadera, leading to their hospitalization.

A gag order has been placed on further details of the investigation.

The Israel Defense Forces would not comment on the case as the alleged violent incident occurred outside of the army.

The Shin Bet said it could not provide a comment as the case was under a gag order.

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