The international department of the State Attorney’s Office petitioned
the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday to determine whether 28-year-old
Yitzchak Shuchat can be extradited to the United States. Shuchat is
wanted in New York on hate crime charges, having allegedly beaten
two African Americans in April 2008.
According to the extradition request, Shuchat attacked the men with a
wooden club in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, without
provocation. The beating caused one of the men serious injuries and an
arrest warrant was issued for Shuchat for second degree assault and hate
The extradition request stated that Shuchat escaped to Canada three weeks after the attack and then came to Israel three days later. Shuchat is an Israeli citizen, but prior to 2008 had only visited rarely.