Three Palestinian Arabs from the Arab village of Deir Abu Mash’al near Ramallah have been accused of setting fire to the Binyamin Region town of Neve Tzuf last November.
The fire was part of November 2016’s arson intifada, during which 2,000 blazes were set over a five-day period. 100,000 civilians were forced to flee their homes, and over 700 homes were damaged.
An Israeli military court has attributed arson and property damages to the three, but did not mention any nationalistic motives.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said, “Today the left will tell us that these arsonists, who wanted to burn Neve Tzuf and its residents, were not nationalistically motivated. The fact that they’ve previously been involved in terrorist activities, and have thrown stones and Molotov cocktails at civilians, is irrelevant.
“The Israeli public is smart and understands what is happening – even if the left works hard to spread lies and tries to cover up the truth.
“I suggest the media show the public how many fires were set in Israel during those five days in November, versus how many fires blazed in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority,” Erdan tweeted.