Tel Aviv skyline 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced two Shuafat men to 19 and 20 years in
prison for the 2006 killing of an American citizen in Tel Aviv.
Mustafa Awad and Issa Sarchan, confessed in a plea bargain to killing the man, a
54-year-old employee of the US Consulate identified only as KM, in the process
of stealing his car, and were convicted of manslaughter in
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According to the ruling, the two entered KM’s car on the night
of July 27, 2006 for unknown reasons, near the Tel Aviv Central Bus
Station. Shortly afterward they exited the car and exchanged words with
the man, after which they pushed him to the ground and began beating and kicking
him all over his body. The beating caused KM severe brain damage and led to his
The men later took the car to Bethlehem, where they left it to be
sold for parts.
They were arrested in August when the police found Awad
residing in Israel under a fake name, using someone else’s residence
The panel of judges, led by Sara Dotan, ruled that the men were
guilty of manslaughter despite the fact that the crime was not premeditated and
even though it was not established that the man was dead when the two left the
scene of the beating.
“Even if the deceased was dying when the accused
left the spot, and had yet to perish, it would not be enough to ease their
punishment – since they, with their own hands and with bestial violence,
sentenced him, a man who could be the same age as their fathers, to hours of
anguish,” said Dotan.
Both men were also ordered to compensate the
victim’s family with NIS 60,000 each.