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A resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was sentenced to six
years in prison on Tuesday after manufacturing gasoline bombs and throwing them
Louis Maswadeh, 20, confessed and was convicted in a plea
bargain of manufacturing weapons and explosives, and attempting to attack a
police officer in aggravating circumstances.
The incidents took place as
Arabs rioted outside Jewish homes in Silwan in 2010.
According to the
amended indictment, during the riots Maswadeh and four other men assembled 15
Molotov cocktails by filling glass bottles with gasoline.
others then threw the bombs and stones at police and at Jewish homes, damaging
security force vehicles and the walls of the homes.
Judge Amnon Cohen,
passing sentence, noted that during the riots, a police officer suffered burns
to his legs after being hit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by another
An innocent bystander also suffered facial burns when a different
rioter threw a Molotov cocktail at him.
Maswadeh confessed to the charges
as part of the plea bargain, and it was agreed that he could argue that the
specific Molotov cocktails and stones he personally had thrown had not wounded
anyone or caused any damage.
A probation service report on Maswadeh
presented to the court noted that he had taken responsibility, at least
partially, for his actions and had expressed regret.
The report also
noted that Maswadeh had committed the acts for which he is charged in the
context of a complex and tense situation between police and the Arabs in
Attorney Muhammad Mahmoud, defending, asked the court to take
into account that Maswadeh had cooperated with police and had a clean
However, attorney Aviya Gliksberg, prosecuting, argued that
Maswadeh’s acts were intended to harm Jews and had been carried out in the
context of an ideology of hatred.
Gliksberg presented the court with a
report that he said showed the scope of such offenses.
asked that the court imposed a sentence that would send a message of
“It should be noted that this court is faced almost on a
daily basis with racially motivated cases of stone throwing, Molotov cocktails
and arson,” Cohen said.
The judge added: “It seems as if the punishments
imposed in other cases have not helped and have not deterred defendants from
going back and carrying out offenses that can endanger human life and especially
those of the security forces.”
Cohen said that though Maswadeh and his
codefendants, who are being tried separately, had not injured anyone, they had
nonetheless created a “real risk to human life.”
The law stipulates that
offenses of injury with serious intent are punishable by up to 20 years in
prison, the judge noted.
However, Cohen explained that his decision to
impose a six-year prison term on Maswadeh had taken into account the defendant’s
cooperation with police, and that he had given police details of the others
involved in the incident.
Maswadeh was also sentenced to 24 months
probation, to begin after his release.