Israeli Right-wing Extremist Joined Terror Group as Minor, Judge Rules

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The Palestinian home the defendant targeted in 2015.
The Palestinian home the defendant targeted in 2015.Credit: AFP

An Israeli judge ruled on Tuesday that a right-wing Jewish extremist committed a series of serious offenses while he was a minor, including membership in a terrorist organization, arson and aggravated assault with racist motives.

According to the indictment, the defendant belonged to an underground Jewish group that carried out attacks against Arabs. Five other members of the group have already been convicted. Because the defendant was a 17-year-old juvenile at the time of the offenses, the issue of whether he is criminally guilty will be determined separately at a later hearing. His identity also remains under wraps due to his age the time.

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In her court verdict on Tuesday, the Central District Court judge said the defendant and his accomplices committed serious attacks against Arabs who were targeted due to their ethnicity in acts that were meant to bring about a change in government policy through the use of fear.

The court also found that the defendant carried out a hate crime in 2015 that targeted a Palestinian family in the West Bank village of Kafr Bitilu. During the incident, two gas grenades were thrown into the home of the family while the husband, wife and their 9-month-old son were at home. The assailants also spray-painted hostile graffiti in Hebrew on the exterior walls of the home, including the word “revenge” and “regards from the detainees of Zion.” The members of the Palestinian family were lightly injured from smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene.

The defendant and an accomplice also planned to carry out a revenge attack on a building in which Palestinians were sleeping. The pair went to the home of a Palestinian family in the village of Mazra’a al-Qibliya and threw a firebomb inside the home, but it did not injure the home’s occupants.

The defendant was also accused of hurling rocks with other people, smashing the windows of a parked vehicle and slashing tires in

The defendant is also accused of hurling stones with four other people and of shattering the windows of a park car and of puncturing tires in Kafr Bitilu near Ramallah in protest over the killing of Eitam Henkin and his wife, Naama, in a 2015 shooting attack.

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