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Attention Law & Order: if you’re looking for strange, ripped-from-the-headlines cases, you may want to call Shin Bet. Three months ago, the Israeli security agency arrested American-born settler Jack Teitel for allegedly murdering two Palestinians and detonating numerous makeshift bombs that targeted intellectuals, gay-rights activists, and police officers. Teitel was quick to confess many of his crimes, but denied one: the murder of two youths at a Tel Aviv gay community center. His alibi, he told his interrogators, was solid: at the time of the shootings, he was surfing a pornographic Website that caters to tickling fetishists, where he was a habitual visitor and where his password was “killarafat.”

The truth, alas, was less piquant: agents were finally able to ascertain that Teitel was driving a pregnant neighbor to the hospital at the time of the community center shootings. Nevertheless, Teitel expressed his support for the horrific act, and told investigators that he had selected his nom de guerre, the Black Bear, as a clear message to Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Nethanyahu to act against Israel’s gay citizens.

Yaakov Teitel’s Investigation: The Confession, the Strange Alibi, and the Plans for the Next Murder [Haaretz, in Hebrew]





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