Jewish man indicted for attempted ramming of Palestinian near Jerusalem

According to the indictment issued on Thursday, “Cohen decided to run over the Arab cleaning worker because of his ethnic origin.”

February 1, 2018 23:51
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The Jerusalem Attorney-General’s Office has filed an indictment against Haim Asher Cohen, 25, for an attempted ramming attack against a Palestinian cleaning worker and other offenses that were labeled as “racially motivated.”

On January 23, Cohen was driving in his hometown of Beitar Illit and spotted a Palestinian cleaning worker in the street. He aimed his car at the worker and accelerated. The worker managed to dodge the car and get to the sidewalk.

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According to the indictment issued on Thursday, “Cohen decided to run over the Arab cleaning worker because of his ethnic origin.” The document added he attempted to run over the cleaning worker a second time, but instead hit a cart the worker used to collect garbage.

In another incident that same day, Cohen tried to hit an Arab worker at a local supermarket with a shopping cart. According to the indictment, Cohen did so “after he learned that he was of Arab origin.”

In other cases described in the indictment, Cohen damaged cars owned by Arabs by shattering their windows and slashing their tires with a screwdriver.

The prosecution asked the Jerusalem District Court to extend Cohen’s remand until the end of legal proceedings against him.

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