Pro-settler MK's Son Who Abused Palestinian Gets Jail Time Shortened

Zvi Struck, son of Habayit Hayehudi MK Orit Struck, was originally sentenced to 30 months in prison but his sentencing has been shortened by 9 months.

Habayit Hayehudi MK Orit Struck
Habayit Hayehudi MK Orit Struck Olivier Fitoussi

Israel's Committee for Prisoners Release shortened the jail time of the son of Knesset Member and Hebron settler Orit Struck (Habayit Hayehudi) by nine months, Channel 10 reported Sunday.

Zvi Struck, convicted of assaulting a Palestinian youth, has thus far served 18 months of the 30 he was sentenced to sitin jail.

The committee accepted the case made by Struck's attorney, Amir Sela, according to which he had undergone treatment while in jail. Sela also stressed that Struck had confessed to his actions and expressed remorse. The prosecution opposed the shortening of the sentencing and said Struck still constitutes a danger.

The Jerusalem District Court initially sentenced Struck, a resident of the settlement of Shilo, to 18 months in prison two years ago for abusing a Palestinian youth in July 2007, together with another man whose identity remains unknown. The two beat the youth up, bound him, fired their guns close to him, undressed him and threw him naked at the roadside. Three months earlier the two men had beaten up the same youth and killed a young goat.

The Supreme Court later extended his punishment to 30 months after rejecting his appeal.