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The Nazareth District Youth Court sentenced a 17-year-old minor to 12 months in
prison on Sunday after convicting him of a series of violent
The defendant, a minor whose name cannot be published, attacked
two Arab youths from the northern village of Wadi Hamam. Together with another
youth, the defendant first tried to drive his car over the two boys, known only
as X and Y, then beat and attempted to stab X When X escaped, the defendant
attacked Y, yelling, “Die, you Arab!” and stabbing him in the thigh while his
accomplice beat him over the head. Y, aged 15, begged for his life, but the
defendant continued to beat him.
The minor was convicted of harm with
aggravated intent, harm and wounding under aggravated circumstances, injury
through negligence and unlawful possession of a knife.
In a victim impact
statement to the court, Y said that since the attack, he has not left his house,
cannot sleep and suffers headaches and dizziness.
Although the defendant
would not admit to carrying out the acts for which he was convicted, he did
express remorse, his attorney said.
In ruling to convict the minor, Judge
Asher Kula said the offenses occurred “in the most ugly manner, while the
defendant added insult to injury by shouting, “Die, you Arab!” “It is hard to
escape the feeling that all the offenses were carried out in a moment of
racism,” Judge Kula said. “A person who stabs someone of another race, while
shouting those ugly and despicable words, reveals his true intent.”
court also sentenced him to a 12- month suspended sentence, a fine of NIS 5,000
and ordered him to pay his victim, Y, compensation of NIS 30,000.