Ben Simon was convicted on six charges, among them the arson of a succa and of throwing a holy book that had been desecrated with neo-Nazi symbols.
By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
A 20-year-old Haifa man convicted of setting fire to a succa next to a synagogue and of carving neo-Nazi and satanic cult symbols onto cars has been sentenced to 42 months in prison, reports www.local.co.il. A judge in the Haifa district court sentenced Tomer Ben Simon to the jail term, saying the fact that he had carried out the actions under the influence of drugs was no comfort to the victims and did not lessen the gravity of the crimes.
According to the report, Ben Simon was convicted on six charges, among them the arson of a succa adjoining a Haifa synagogue and of throwing a holy book that had been desecratd with neo-Nazi and satanic symbols. He was also convicted of carving such symbols onto two cars, puncturing tires, breaking a windscreen and causing other damage. Judge Ron Shapira said he did not have the impression that Ben Simon was acting out of any racist ideology, but was simply a young man with "personality disorders" and a background of drug use. Nevertheless, the judge said the gravity of the offenses could not be ignored, with arson posing a real danger to the public; a string of violent property crimes, and actions that were offensive to religious sensitivities. He sentenced Ben Simon to 42 months in jail, and recommended that he undergo a drug rehabilitation program.
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