West Bank - Shin Bet Arrests Jewish-American Extremist Accused of Killing Arabs
West Bank - Israeli authorities have arrested a Jewish-American extremist suspected of carrying out a series of high-profile hate crimes against Arabs, peace activists and a breakaway Jewish sect.
Israel’s Shin Bet undercover agents said that Yaakov “Jack” Teitel, a 37-year-old ultra-Orthodox West Bank settler, is behind the attacks, spanning 12 years. They said he had confessed to killing two Palestinians and bombing the home of an Israeli professor among a string of attacks over the past decade, after being arrested while handing out leaflets condemning homosexuals.
Police and security forces said Sunday that Teitel’s targets included the murder of two Arabs and bombing attacks against a prominent left-wing academic, a family of messianic Jews, a monastery and Israeli police, whom he accused of begin pro-gay.
Jerusalem police chief Aharon Franco told a news conference that the father of four appeared to have acted alone during his long campaign of violence against those he saw as enemies. Authorities originally suspected a Jewish underground for some of the attacks. But acquaintances described the father of four as a lone wolf.
These allegedly included a Palestinian shepherd killed more than a decade ago and Professor Zeev Sternhell, an outspoken Israeli critic of Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, who was wounded by a pipe bomb at his Jerusalem home last year.
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