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Four people accused of failing to prevent the brutal murder of Arik Karp were
convicted on Wednesday at the Tel Aviv District Court.
Karp was beaten to
death by a gang of intoxicated individuals from Jaljulya in the summer of 2009
on Tel Aviv’s Tel Baruch beach, in a killing which shocked and outraged the
The attack came after Karp was attacked verbally without
provocation on his part, police and state prosecutors said.
convicted individuals included former IDF soldier Or Levy and three residents of
Jaljulya, who were with the main murder suspects during the incident. The four
were found guilty of passively looking on as Karp was beaten repeatedly and
failing to call for help or for police.
Shortly after the incident a year
and a half ago, Levy denied the accusations against her, and attempted to
distance herself from the main culprits, describing them as “disgusting people”
and expressing regret that she had been friends with them.
confessed to failing to prevent a crime.
Levy’s attorney claimed during
her trial that she suffered from “below average mental capabilities,” but that
claim was rejected by Judge Mordechai Peled, who ruled on Wednesday that there
was “nothing to prevent the defendant from acting rather than doing nothing” on
that fateful July evening.
A conviction based on the charge of failing to
prevent a crime is a rare occurrence in Israel’s legal landscape. Channel 2 said
the last person who was convicted of the charge was Margalit Har-Shefi, a former
friend of Yigal Amir, who murdered prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.