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Israeli who attacked Christian shrine gets 3 years
12/13/2006
An Israeli who attacked a Christian shrine in Nazareth earlier this year was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison on charges of public disorder, uttering threats and conspiracy to commit a crime. Haim Eliyahu Habibi, a Jewish Israeli, was arrested along with his Christian wife Violet at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the traditional boyhood town of Jesus, after a March 3 attack during a Lent service, in which the couple and their 20-year-old daughter set off firecrackers inside the church. Violet received a three-year suspended sentence. The couple's lawyer, Pninit Yanai, said she would appeal.
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