State files several indictments against Palestinians for violent acts in Jerusalem

All of the defendants were either minors or minors at the time of the crimes.

September 17, 2015 12:55
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East Jerusalem

Rock-throwing in east Jerusalem in July 2014.. (photo credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)

The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office on Thursday announced several new indictments with the Jerusalem District Court against Palestinians for a range of rock throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks in Jerusalem.

All of the defendants were either minors or minors at the time of the crimes, so the announcement included a summary of the facts, but did not include the full indictments or the names of the defendants, which are under gag order.

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Regarding one indictment against a 19-year-old from Issawiya, the charges were causing a serious wound, endangering human life on a roadway, disturbing the peace, incitement and attempting to attack police with aggravating circumstances.

The Justice Ministry said that from 2012-2014, the defendant was involved in eight separate incidents in the Issawiya area, including putting together and throwing Molotov cocktails at security forces.

In 2013, the defendant threw Molotov cocktails and rocks on cars with Jewish passengers on the Jerusalem-Maaleh Adumim road from a mountain top, said the statement.

Also on Thursday, the Justice Ministry announced that it filed an indictment with the Jerusalem Juvenile Court against three minors ages 13-15 from an area of Jerusalem's Old City neat the Temple Mount.

The three are charged with attempts to cause physical harm under aggravated circumstances, disturbing police under aggravated circumstances and other offenses.

One of the minor defendants is accused of throwing a glass bottle at policemen who stood guard at the Majles Gate for entering the Temple Mount on August 17.

The statement alleged that in two other instances in August and September, the defendants threw rocks at policemen at the entrance to the Temple Mount. 

In recognition of the government's new policy to crack down on rock throwing, the state has asked for all three minors to be held in detention until the end of the trial against them, despite their young age.

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