Settler, 18, Charged With Shooting BB Gun at Palestinian Taxi

Suspect's lawyer says his client was barred from seeing an attorney for four days. Security services say the suspect has admitted to the shooting which punctured the vehicle's window.

Yotam Berger
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The BB gun allegedly fired by a settler of 18 damages a Palestinian taxi's windshield, on August 24, 2016.
The BB gun allegedly fired by a settler of 18 damages a Palestinian taxi's windshield, on August 24, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of Police Spokesperson
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Israeli security forces lifted a gag order on Sunday on their arrest of an 18-year-old settler last week and his indictment on suspicion of shooting BB gun at a Palestinian taxi.

The shooting damaged the car's windshield, but caused no injury. Police and the Shin Bet barred the suspect from meeting with a lawyer for four days.

Police said the suspect, Moshe Yinon Oren, of the Givat Ronen unauthorized outpost in the northern West Bank, perpetrated the crime on August 24, while driving an ATV.

Magazines of plastic bullets were found in the suspect's his home, as well as gas balloons, a slingshot, spikes to puncture tires.

The suspect has admitted involvement in the crime during his interrogation, security forces said.

Itai Rozin, the suspect's lawyer said "this is a young man soon being drafted to the IDF, who felt endangered as a result of reckless driving on the part of the complainants, and he used a toy gun, a BB gun.

"This isn't a price tag action, and even the indictment does not accuse him of having racist motives," Rozin said, referring to a violent act of vengeance by settlers.

"It's not right for his place of domicile to lead to a decision for the Shin Bet to investigate and to bar him from meeting a lawyer, and under a gag  order, as though this was a serious incident. If A young man from Tel Aviv or Herzliya wouldn't be questioned by the Shin Beth or barred from seeing a lawyer."

A number of lawyers who represent Israelis suspected of crimes with racist motives, most are kept from meeting a lawyer before they are questioned.

The Shin Bet and Justice Ministry have several times refused to say how many times they have barred detainees form meeting with their lawyers in recent years.