Julien Soufir was indicted at the Tel Aviv District Court Monday for the murder of Taisir Karaki,
a cab driver from east Jerusalem two weeks ago. The murder was defined as a hate crime.
According to the indictment, on the day of the murder Soufir stopped a cab in Jerusalem, and after ascertaining that the driver, Karaki, was Arab, he asked to be taken to Netanya. When they arrived in Netanya, Soufir went up to his brother's apartment, took a knife, returned to the car, and ordered Karaki to continue to Tel Aviv.
Upon their arrival in Tel Aviv, Soufir invited the driver to come up to his apartment and use the bathroom.
After they entered the apartment, Soufir waited for Karaki to get out of the bathroom and then attacked him with the knife, stabbing him 24 times in the neck. Afterwards, Soufir took out NIS 60 from his victim's wallet and drove the taxi to Netanya.
Prosecutors also asked that Soufir's remand be extended until legal procedures against him were completed. In their request they noted that the defendant was driven by nationalistic motives and bent on murdering an Arab driver. In his confession to the police Soufir said, "I felt nothing, it was like slaughtering an animal. The Arabs are like beasts, no souls, like beasts."
The court granted the request and ordered that Soufir's remand be extended.