Just a little bit mad
- May 16, 2006
- Tromsø, Norway
No, I don't really believe it either:
Israeli 'neo-Nazi gang' arrested
An estimated six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust
Police in Israel say they have broken up a gang neo-Nazis who stand accused of carrying out a string of attacks on foreigners, gays and religious Jews.
The eight suspects, aged 16-21, are all Israeli citizens from the former Soviet Union. They were arrested a month ago, but the news only emerged on Saturday.
Police say searches of their homes yielded Nazi uniforms, portraits of Adolf Hitler, knives, guns and TNT.
Israel was founded in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust in which millions died.
The arrests follow a year-long inquiry which began after a synagogue in Petah Tikva, a city east of Tel Aviv, was desecrated with graffiti of Nazi swastikas and the name of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
The eight accused, who include the group's alleged leader, are due to appear in Ramle later on Sunday.
"We want them to be charged with being involved in neo-Nazi activities," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP news agency.
"We believe that this is the main gang working in the area... the main gang that exists [in Israel] that attempts to use Hitler's ideology," Mr Rosenfeld added.
Police say the gang members would target homosexuals, Jews who wore a skull cap and drug addicts, often video taping their attacks.
"It is difficult to believe that Nazi ideology sympathisers can exist in Israel, but it is a fact," Revital Almog, the police official who led the investigation, told Israeli public radio.
The suspects all migrated to Israel under the Law of Return which allows anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent to become a citizen.