Five Jewish teenagers have been arrested in connection with "serious terror offenses," including the stoning death of a Palestinian woman in October, Israeli authorities revealed after a news blackout was lifted over the weekend. The Shin Bet security agency says the five, who were detained a week ago, are students at an Orthodox Jewish high school in the West Bank settlement of Rehelim, the New York Times reports. On Oct. 12, Aisha Rabi, a 47-year-old mother of nine, died after being hit in the head with a stone as she rode in a car with her husband and two of her daughters. Her husband said the culprits were six or seven young Jewish settlers and he heard them speaking Hebrew.
On Saturday, hundreds of settlers protested the arrests outside the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Washington Post reports. Settler leader Rabbi Haim Druckman urged the prime minister to get involved, saying the teens are not terrorists and "should not be investigated in the Shin Bet's cellars." Shin Bet said it should be "allowed to continue with our activities to prevent terrorism, whether Jewish or Palestinian." It condemned what it called an effort "to defame the organization and its staff and delegitimize its operations." (In 2016, Jewish extremists were arrested in connection with an arson attack that killed a toddler and his parents.)