ISA Reveals Info on Underground Cell Behind Church Arson

The Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) and Israel Police have named five suspects arrested for a church arson attack on the Tabgha Church of the Multiplication in the Galilee in June, as well as for other "price tag"-style attacks. 

The five have been named as Yinon Reuveni, 20, of Ofakim; Yehuda Asraf, 19, of Elad; Mordechai Meyer, 18, of Maaleh Adumim; Moshe Orbach, 24, of Bnei Brak; and an unnamed 17 year-old from Ramle. Indictments have been filed against Reuveni and Asraf. 

Four of the five have faced bans from Judea-Samaria for being involved in extremism; recently, Reuveni and Meyer were temporarily banned from Judea and Samaria after being suspect in the February 2015 arson at Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.

The Government Press Office (GPO) and ISA name the five as part of a cohesive group of extremists which has operated since 2013 and "holds to an extremist ideology that aspires to change the regime and bring about the redemption via various stages of action." The group is allegedly led by a Jerusalemite now living in Tzfat (Safed). 

The five apparently targeted Christian sites in Israel, and have been linked to the April 2014 vandalism of the Dir Rafat monastery. 


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