Head of Jerusalem yeshiva arrested for allegedly shooting student
The rabbi shot the yeshiva boy from the back of a motorbike and fled the scene, eyewitnesses told police.
Haredim in Jerusalem's Beit Yisrael neighborhood. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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The head of a Jerusalem yeshiva allegedly shot and wounded one of his students in early January.
The rabbi was arrested three weeks ago and is expected to be charged Tuesday with aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice.
On Saturday night, January 9, police received a report of a shooting incident in Jerusalem's Haredi neighborhood of Beit Yisrael. At the time, eyewitnesses told police that two young men on a motorbike shot a yeshiva student and fled the scene of the crime.
The victim also fled the scene, but was located by police later that night in a hospital in the north.
Police arrested the Jerusalem rabbi three weeks ago along with an associate – allegedly the motorcycle driver.
Police had interrogated the rabbi, who was not initially a suspect, shortly after the incident because of his connection to the student. At the time he told police that he had been on his way to a torah class in the south when the shooting took place.
Police say they have eyewitnesses who identified the rabbi as the shooter, and evidence that the rabbi called the victim from a pay phone shortly before the incident and requested that he meet him at the location at which the shooting later took place.