Court rules: Teitel is fit to stand trial

The "Jewish terrorist" is now considered sane enough to be tied.

August 30, 2010 23:10
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Israeli-American terror suspect Jack Tytell.

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The Jerusalem District Court on Monday overturned a previous ruling and stated that the "Jewish terrorist" Jack Teitel is fit to stand trial. The district psychologist decided that, "Teitel was responsible for his actions at the time of the crime." The court agreed.

Israeli-American terror suspect Jack Teitel, accused of a murderous lone-wolf campaign of violence targeting Palestinians, left-wing Israelis, police and Christians that claimed the lives of two Palestinians, had a series of psychiatric tests at the Sha’ar Menashe Mental Health Center near Pardes Hana-Karkur.

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Teitel, 35, from the Shvut Rahel settlement, 45 km. north of Jerusalem, went on trial in December over the 1997 homicides of Samir Balbisi, a taxi driver from east Jerusalem, and Isa Musa’af, a West Bank shepherd.

The many bomb-related charges against him also include allegedly sending a bomb to a family of Messianic Jews (Christians) in Ariel disguised as a Purim gift parcel in 2008, that severely wounded teenager Ami Oritz, who opened the package, and allegedly placing a pipe bomb outside the Jerusalem home of left-wing historian Prof. Ze’ev Sternhell in 2008. Sternhell was lightly wounded.

Teitel told his Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigators of dreams warning him that if he did not carry out the attacks, he would die. He viewed events like rocket attacks on Sderot as divine punishment for transgressions by Israel. And he launched bomb attacks on police targets because he believed these would persuade law enforcement to refrain from securing gay pride marches in Jerusalem, Keidar said last year.

Teitel, who is married and has four children, was found in possession of a large number of firearms when Shin Bet agents and police raided his property in the settlement of Shvut Rahel.

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