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State Attorney’s Office petitioned the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday to
determine whether Yitzchak Shuchat, 28, can be extradited to the United States.
Shuchat is wanted in the 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 cause one of the men
serious injuries and an arrest warrant was issued for Shuchat for second degree
assault and a hate crime.
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The assault was defined as a hate crime because
the parties did not know each other and because there was no other apparent
motive. The extradition request also pointed to tense relations between Jews and
African-Americans in the neighborhood as a reason to believe that race was a
Shuchat escaped to Canada three weeks after the attack and then
came to Israel three days later, according to the extradition request. Shuchat
is an Israeli citizen, but before 2008 had rarely visited here.
petition, the state asked the court to agree to extradition since the
appropriate conditions has been satisfied.
Shuchat was arrested on Sunday
and will go before the court for the hearing on Monday