Israel presses ahead with crackdown on Jewish extremist group, arrests 4 activists

Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence.

The arrests are part of a clampdown on the fringe organization, which has become a symbol of rising anti-Arab sentiment.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the arrests took place on Sunday in five different cities throughout Israel. She says that along with the four arrested, four other activists were detained and then released.

Last week, police arrested 10 Lehava members, including its leader, on suspicion of racist incitement and calls to violence. The group has sought to break up Arab-Jewish couples and has waged campaigns to prevent Jews and Arabs from working together.

Three Lehava members were indicted last week on charges of torching a bilingual Hebrew-Arabic school in Jerusalem last month.