Jerusalem – A Meah Shearim man has turned himself into police in connection with the Lag B’Omer incident that had a life size figure dressed as a Charedi IDF soldier burned in effigy amid cheering crowds.
Israeli police launched a months-long investigation into the May 14th bonfire, hoping to identify the man who hung an effigy of a bearded soldier wearing tzitzis and the uniform of an elite commando unit on a long stick and then dangled it over a Lag B’Omer bonfire, reported The Times of Israel (http://bit.ly/2wBbZKr). The man was identified from video that was taken at the scene and, according to Ynet (http://bit.ly/2wBeSux), he turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
A 21 year old man and two children, ages 15 and 11, were arrested within days of the incident for burning Israeli flags said The Times of Israel (http://bit.ly/2wAKwIx). All three were questioned by police in May and authorities indicated at the time that further arrests could be forthcoming.
Israel toughened up its Flag, Emblem and National Anthem Law in July, ramping up punishments for those who desecrate the state flag. Those found guilty of violating the new legislation could face up to three years in prison of a fine of $50,000 NIS in addition to losing their national health insurance, unemployment benefits and scholarships for higher education.
The suspect was expected to be brought before an Israeli judge sometime today.