Detentions, arrests for rioting in Israel hit ‘unprecedented’ levels

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has seen an “unprecedented amount” of detained suspects and indictments on charges of participating in riots over the last two months.

Since the Rosh Hashanah eve rock attack on a car driving through a Jewish neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem that left a Jewish-Israeli man dead, 1,553 people have been arrested for rioting and 437 indicted, Ynet reported Wednesday, citing police data obtained by the news website.

Some 797 people were arrested for incidents in Jerusalem, and most of those detained were from eastern Jerusalem, according to Ynet. Some 120 indictments followed those arrests.

The intensive arrest activity came after six special investigation teams from across Israel were deployed to Jerusalem for a 10-day operation.

Of the 499 people arrested for disturbing order in the West Bank, 237 were indicted, according to the report.

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