Police arrested Monday night eight Arabs aged 15-67, suspected of not trying to prevent a deadly terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday in which a Muslim terrorist claimed the life of Adiel Coleman.
Two of the suspects were released at the conclusion of the investigation and the remaining six were brought to the courts to have their remand extended.
However, the court decided that the evidence against the Arabs for failing to prevent the terror attack was “weak” and therefore, they were released to full house arrest until 25 March. They are forbidden from making contact with the defendants in the case.
According to the police investigation, eight traders aged between 15 and 67, who live on HaGai street where the attack took place, were in the area when the bloodletting began.
Police suspect that despite the fact that they realized what was taking place, they did nothing to try and prevent it.
The 28-year-old Muslim terrorist, Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, from the Arab village of Aqraba near the terror nest of Shechem, was shot and eliminated by a police officer at the scene.
He had a temporary permit for a week that allowed him to enter Israel to search for employment. He had already received such permits in the past, as there was no indication of his terrorist intentions.
The day he carried out his terror attack was the first day that his permit enabled him to enter Israel.
Adiel Coleman, 32, from the Jewish community of Kokhav HaShahar, is survived by his wife and four sons.