Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Israeli Nazi Youths Arrested

Eight Israelis suspected of neo-Nazi hate crimes were indicted on several felony counts.

The eight 16- to 19-year-olds, all immigrants from the former Soviet Union, appeared Tuesday in Tel Aviv District Court to face charges including aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit a crime, weapons possession and disseminating racist material.

It was not immediately clear how the suspects would plead to the charges, which could carry lengthy prison terms.

The case has shocked many in the Jewish state, with Israeli TV airing footage showing the suspects' alleged attacks and newspapers carrying pictures of them making Hitler salutes. Only one of the suspects is said to be Jewish according to Orthodox law; the others won Israeli citizenship because they have at least one Jewish grandparent.

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