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The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Thursday to accept a petition filed by the
attorney-general to extradite an Israeli citizen wanted in the US on suspicion
of hate crimes against an African- American citizen.
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The Department of
International Affairs of the State Attorney’s Office filed the petition on
behalf of Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein in May, after the US authorities
requested the extradition. The suspect, Yitzhak Shochet, is wanted on several
charges, including second-degree assault, a hate crime and second-degree
According to the extradition request, Shochet is a
member of a voluntary organization, “Shmira,” which provides security services
to the Jewish population living in Crown Heights, a hassidic neighborhood in
The organization is very aggressive and operates “vigilante”
groups, the US authorities claimed in the request.
In May 2008 the US
authorities filed an indictment against Shochet, charging him with the alleged
attack against Andrew Charles, an African-American youth a month
The indictment also alleges that Shochet tried to attack
Charles’s friend, Kevin Awinz, an African–American man. According to the
evidence, Shochet stopped his car near the victim then got out, went over to
where the victim was standing and launched an unprovoked attack, hitting him
several times with a wooden club.
Shochet then allegedly drove away from
the scene. Charles was taken to the hospital with multiple
The Israel Police Interpol Squad also assisted with the filing
of the extradition case.