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”]Police say Israeli  mafia suspects planted explosives, extorted famous soccer player; police source:state witnesses caused crisis of confidence in underworld

By  Yaakov Lappin

Twenty-four people said by police to belong to crime organizations were arrested in recent days on suspicion of being involved in one of the largest and most violent racketeering rings exposed to date, police announced Wednesday in Tel Aviv.

The suspects came from two alleged Israeli  crime organizations that joined forces – one from Jaffa, headed by alleged underworld boss Izat Hamad, and the second from Or Yehuda, allegedly headed by imprisoned underworld figure David Ezra, police said.