JERUSALEM (JTA) — Six Israelis from the southern city of Beersheba were arrested for violent attacks on Arabs whom they suspected of engaging in romantic relationships with Jews.
The agency, known as the Shin Bet, announced the arrests on Sunday. It did not say when the arrests took place.
Among those arrested were a minor, who cannot be named, and two soldiers.
The attacks, which have been taking place since December, were carried out with weapons including knives, metal batons and crowbars, the Shin Bet said in a statement.
The motives of the attacks, according to the Shin Bet, were nationalistic and racist, including preventing relationships between Jews and Arabs.
Attorneys for the arrested men claim that their clients have been tortured in prison and one of those arrested tried to kill himself during the interrogations.
The men have been indicted on several charges, including committing acts of terror.