Four Allegedly Throw Grenade Into Israeli Arab Woman's Home in Order to Make Her Move Out

Suspects from Tel Aviv suburb allegedly threatened the woman and her daughter out of racist motives, police say.

The Petah Tikva police station.
Dan Keinan

The Israel Police arrested four people on Sunday on suspicions they threatened an Arab woman and her daughter with racist motives, in order to force them to move out of Petah Tikva. The four residents of Petah Tikva are also suspected of throwing a stun grenade at her home, and they will be brought to Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court on Monday to have their detention extended. 

The suspects were arrested after the woman found remnants of the grenade in her laundry room. the police say that one of the men, who was also arrested last week on suspicions of threatening the woman, is suspected of riding his motorcycle close to the woman and endangering her. 

The four, two men aged 21 and 58, and two women aged 21 and 24, were questioned as criminal suspects and read their rights on suspicions of making threats, throwing the grenade and other offenses.

Petah Tikva mayor Yitzhak Braverman told Haaretz he strongly condemns any violence. "Israeli society needs to show zero tolerance for expressions of racist violence. I have no doubt the Israel Police will enforce the law severely against the attackers," he added.