Fans shout at Betar Jerusalem match 370.
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The Jerusalem District Court convicted Evyatar Yosef and Matan Navon on Tuesday
of a racism-motivated arson attack on the management offices of Beitar Jerusalem
as part of a plea bargain deal.
The defendants admitted to all
allegations in an amended indictment but denied membership in the far-right
nationalistic fan group La Familia.
Critically, they admitted that their
actions were motivated by wanting to protest the soccer team’s hiring of Chechen
Muslim players Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev.
The plea bargain deal
did not include any agreement regarding punishment for the crimes.
21, is a resident of Moshav Ruha and Navon, 23, is a resident of Kiryat
The two defendants carried out the arson attack late at night on
February 7, donning gloves, neck warmers and ski masks to disguise their
appearance. They had earlier driven to a gas station and filled two large
bottles with gasoline, covered them with plastic and placed them in the trunk of
They parked the car a few minutes away from the management
offices and on their way, each of the defendants took an envelope from a mailbox
for kindling. They broke the office windows, lit the envelopes on fire, threw in
the gasoline bottles and fled the scene.
One suspect added that the arson
was planned and not a spontaneous act.
Of the two, Yosef was considered
more dangerous and more of the initiator in the attack. Nivon was considered
less of a threat and was released to house arrest in April because of his clean