Two Palestinians Charged With Terrorism for Assaulting Jewish Family in Jerusalem

The defendants attacked the family 'only out of a nationalist-ideological and racist motive,' the indictment says

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Israel border police in East Jerusalem, two weeks ago.
Israel border police in East Jerusalem, two weeks ago.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

Two Palestinians were charged with terrorism Monday for the assault of a Jewish family and injury of a 7-month-old baby in East Jerusalem three weeks ago.

The Palestinians are suspected of hurling stones at the family as they were riding their car through East Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day, when tensions in the capital simmered. On that day, more than 330 Palestinians and 21 police officers were wounded after clashes have broken out throughout the city.

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Mahmad Sabitani and Mahmad Abu al-Hawa, 21 and 18 respectively, were charged with aggravated assault and maliciously assaulting the family out of a racist motive – all as acts of terrorism.

The prosecutors asked the court to extend their detention until the end of criminal proceedings against them.

The defendants attacked the family “only out of a nationalist-ideological and racist motive,” the indictment noted.

Moreover, according to the indictment, the two were driving through the Al-Tur neighborhood when they noticed the Jewish family’s car. They quickly got out, the indictment says, picked up large rocks, and threw them at the family’s car. The rocks broke the car’s windshield and injured the baby in the face.

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