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Two years after they savagely beat and kicked him before chasing him into the
water at Tel Baruch beach, the killers of Arik Karp were each sentenced Tuesday
to 26 years in prison by the Tel Aviv District Court.
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The court also
ordered the three to pay compensation totaling NIS 100,000 to Karp’s widow,
The three, Jamil Ades, 25, Abdel Rahman Ades, 21 and an unnamed
minor, 17 – all from Jaljulya – were found guilty of killing Karp on Tel Baruch
Beach in north Tel Aviv in 2009.
The three youths, who were under the
influence of alcohol, attacked Karp, his wife Sara and their daughter without
provocation. They later chased Karp into the water, all the time beating and
kicking him savagely as he begged for mercy. Karp’s body was later washed up on
However, in a controversial ruling, the court acquitted the
three young men of murder and instead convicted them of the lesser charge of
manslaughter and aggravated assault. In the court’s ruling, the judges said that
the prosecution had failed to prove that the attack had been
In sentencing the three men to 26 years imprisonment, the
judges said their attack on Karp had been brutal, unprovoked and
“The victim was chosen at random. His only sin was that he
met the rampaging gang on that night. The very possibility that someone could go
innocently to the beach, which should be a safe place, and be brutally attacked
and beaten to death, is intolerable and unacceptable,” the judges
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“This case is horrifying not just because the victim was random.
It is made even worse because of the inconceivable brutality and fury with which
the accused men attacked [Karp], without any reason, when not a single one of
them knew why they were hurting him.” The judges further wrote that the three
youths had not stopped beating Karp even when he, his wife and daughter had
begged them for mercy, and expressed horror at the thought of Karp’s final
“The heart shudders at the thought of the distress, the despair,
the agony and the fear that the victim must have felt before he died,” they
The judges also pointed out that each of the three youths could
have decided to stop their part in the violence, but each chose not
Minutes after the judges passed sentence, family members of the three
defendants began rioting outside the courtroom, attacking each other, punching
walls and shouting at court officials and reporters.
Lawyers for the
three defendants unanimously slammed the court’s ruling, criticizing the
sentence as an unusually harsh punishment for a manslaughter
Attorney Gil Friedman, defending Adbel Rahman Ades, hinted
that the judges’ ruling might have been less harsh had the three defendants “not
been Arabs from Jaljulya.”
“This is not a punishment that is normally
given for manslaughter,” Friedman said. “We will certainly appeal to the Supreme
Court and I believe the Supreme Court will amend the sentence.”
Moshe Maroz, defending Jamil Ades, said the judges had sentenced the defendants
as if they had been convicted of murder, not manslaughter.
“It was an
extremely tragic event, but the court did not have enough courage to take all of
the circumstances into account,” Maroz said.
However, the prosecution
said the court’s ruling was correct. “This will send a clear message to anyone
who thinks about using violence,” said state attorney Menachem
Karp’s widow Sara told reporters that she is very unhappy with
the court’s verdict of manslaughter and not murder.
“It was murder.
Murder in cold blood,” Sara Karp said.
“What happened that night was not
manslaughter. They came to murder, not to party on the Tel Baruch
They murdered a man in front of his wife and daughter and they
threw his body into the sea.”
The Karp family said they intend to appeal
the court’s verdict in the Supreme Court in the hope that the three youths will
be convicted of murder. The mandatory sentence for murder is life imprisonment.
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