In First, Settler Who Carried Out 'Price Tag' Attacks Convicted of Membership in Terror Group

Three brothers from a West Bank settlement receive prison time for assaulting a Palestinian, damaging properties. Court says terror cell 'set out to terrorize Palestinians'

Yotam Berger
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File photo: A fire-damaged car in Kfar Beitillu near Ramallah allegedly carried out by a Jewish terror organization in 2015.
File photo: A fire-damaged car in Kfar Beitillu near Ramallah allegedly carried out by a Jewish terror organization in 2015. Credit: ABBAS MOMANI / AFP
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

The three are brothers from the West Bank settlement of Nahliel. The youngest one, who was convicted (along with a fourth suspect who is still on trial) of membership in a terrorist organization, was given a five-year prison sentence. This terror cell, the court said, "set out to terrorize and strike fear in the Palestinian population." His two brothers were sentenced to five years and 32 months in prison, respectively.

The names of the three are barred from publication since they were all minors or IDF soldiers while the offenses took place.

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According to the plea bargain, the three established a cell that carried out a number of politically motivated attacks since 2009, including setting fire to Palestinian homes and vehicles and distributing racist material. In 2015, the verdict claims, two of the three Israelis threw gas grenades and sprayed graffiti on a house in the village of Beitillu near Ramallah, where a nine-year-old boy and his parents were sleeping.

Two of the brothers were also convicted of assaulting a Palestinian farmer with tear gas and sticks, and of hiding a crate full of gloves, spray paint and IDF gas grenade. They were also convicted of spray painting and rock throwing in another incident, as well as slashing a Palestinian car's wheels with a pocket knife.

The settlers were arrested as part of an investigation into a wider Jewish terrorist network, which was uncovered in April 2016. Seven suspects were arrested at the time, some belonging to the Shandorfi family. The father, Yigal, is a rabbi affiliated with the extreme right.

The lawyer representing the three said after the verdict: "One must remember these are offenses that did not lead to casualties. The verdict is very harsh, and we intend to appeal to the Supreme Court."

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