Jerusalem District Court convicted the Jewish terrorist Yaakov (Jack) Tytell on Wednesday on two counts of murder and additional counts of assault. The indictment, which had been revised, claimed Tytell was in good mental state and therefore is responsible for his actions.
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Tytell was convicted in the murder of two Palestinians in 1997 and two attempted murders, assault with intent, illegal manufacturing and possession of firearms, and incitement of violence and terrorism between the years 1997 and 2008.
After receiving two contradicting psychiatric evaluations, the court determined a year ago that Tytell was fit to go on trial for murder. The court said Tytell is intelligent and is aware and therefore fit to stand on trial, regardless of his refusal to recognize the court's authority.
Since the trial began, Tytell claimed he was insane and so unfit to go on trial, while he himself acted as such.
Tytell, a Jewish American, is a resident of the West Bank settlement Shvut Rachel. He was arrested in 2009 on the suspicion that he was responsible for the murder of two Palestinians.
Tytell was charged in November 2010 with murdering two Palestinians and attempting to murder more, including Hebrew University Professor Zeev Sternhell and Ariel teenager Ami Ortiz. Ortiz, a member of a family of Messianic Jews, was gravely wounded by a bomb packaged inside a Purim gift in March 2008.
Tytell admitted to planting the bomb at the time of his arrest, calling the Ortiz family "missionaries trying to capture weak Jews."
It should be noted, however, that the ruling does not affect Tytell's responsibility for the crimes attributed to him, as he is charged with many separate events spread across eleven years.