Israeli anger over ‘Nazi’ group
By Martin Asser
BBC News, Jerusalem

The accused and their families have denied any neo-Nazi activity
Israelis have been shocked by the story of a group of young immigrants from the former Soviet Union who allegedly formed a neo-Nazi cell in the Jewish state – founded as a haven from the European anti-Semitism that led to the Nazi Holocaust in World War II.
The group, from the central town of Petah Tikva, are said to have filmed themselves carrying out hate crimes, wearing Nazi insignia and proclaiming their allegiance to Adolf Hitler.

Eight young men are being held over 15 assaults of Orthodox Jews, foreign workers and other minority groups. Police said a ninth youth had fled the country.

It is thought to be the first organised neo-Nazi cell to be uncovered in Israel, although alleged members and their families have denied any neo-Nazi activity.

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THE JEWISH WEEK
Neo-Nazi Threat In Israel Ignored: Watchdogs
Stunning arrest of home-grown gang of Russian skinheads seen as sign of growing alienation.
Michele Chabin and Joshua Mitnick – Israel Correspondents

Petah Tikvah, Israel — In the wake of the shocking arrests this week of a gang of local skinheads here, Israelis seemed stunned that neo-Nazis could operate so openly in the Jewish state. But the group’s victims in this Tel Aviv suburb with a large Russian population were wondering, “What took so long?”

Those arrested — eight youths from the former Soviet Union who moved to Israel under the country’s Law of Return but who, with one exception, are gentiles according to Jewish law — have been harassing foreign workers, gays and Orthodox Jews here and elsewhere for several years. One, according to news reports, has a Jewish grandmother who survived the Holocaust. And the arrests have led to calls in the Knesset to revisit the Law of Return.

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AL JAZEERA MAGAZINE

The discovery of a neo-Nazi cell in Israel shocked a country that doesn’t even have a law against neo-Nazi activity.

By Amina Anderson

Sixty years after Israel established a country to ensure that Jews would never suffer another Holocaust, the Jewish state nabbed a group of young immigrants from the former Soviet Union who allegedly formed a neo-Nazi cell. The discovery of the cell came as a shock to a country that doesn’t even have a law against neo-Nazi activity.

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Neo-Nazis in Israel / The photos of Vladimir and his swastika tattoo wrecked his family

By Moti Katz

“The police have it in for us because we’re Russian. Our son is a delinquent, but he’s not against the state. In Israel, he was thrown to the dogs,” the mother of Arik (Eli) Bunyatov, the alleged leader of a neo-Nazi cell in Petah Tikva, said in court yesterday.

Police suspect the group of carrying out numerous assaults on foreign workers, punk rockers, religious Jews, homosexuals and drug addicts.

Bunyatov’s mother also told the court of the economic problems of her family, which she supports by cleaning stairwells.

The Bunyatovs’ story resembles that of the Tronorotskys. Vladimir Tronorotsky was arrested on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2005 on suspicion of drug possession. A search of his person revealed a swastika tattoo on his arm, the photos of which rocked the country when they were made public. A search of the family home, in Ariel, in the West Bank, turned up neo-Nazi materials.

Like the parents of the suspects arrested on Saturday, Vladimir’s father, Alex, claims his son never belonged to a neo-Nazi organization. “Vlodya wasn’t anti-Semitic. The whole story was a distortion by the police and the media. And the existence of the anti-Semitic propaganda the police claim they found was never proven,” Alex Tronorotsky insisted.

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