Muntasser Shalaby (left) who carried out a drive-by shooting last May that killed Israeli student Yehuda Guetta (right)
Muntasser Shalaby (left) who carried out a drive-by shooting last May that killed Israeli student Yehuda Guetta (right)
Photo: Amit Shabi
Lahav Nagauker

Israel issues first sentence in mob attack on Arab driver

Lahav Nagauker convicted of incitement to violence and racism as part of a plea deal that resulted in lighter charges after being accused of yanking Said Moussa from his car and beating him in an assault that left him motionless

Associated Press |
Published: 01.05.22, 16:12
An Israeli court on Wednesday sentenced a man to one year in prison for his involvement in a mob attack on an Arab motorist during a spasm of communal violence last year.
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  • Lahav Nagauker, who was 20 at the time, was convicted of incitement to violence and racism as part of a plea deal that resulted in lighter charges.
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    גזר דין ללהב נאוגרקר אוחנינה
    גזר דין ללהב נאוגרקר אוחנינה
    Lahav Nagauker
    (Photo: Yariv Katz)
    His sentencing was the first in the incident that took place last May when a mob yanked Said Moussa from his car and proceeded to beat him in an assault that left him motionless and bloodied on the ground. Moussa was seriously injured in the attack.
    The court said Nagauker was not involved in the actual attack, but threw a bottle at Moussa's car, damaging the rear windshield.
    The beating, which took place in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, occurred while Israel was at war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The 11-day war ignited an unprecedented wave of internecine Jewish-Arab violence in cities around the country.
    The unprovoked beating of the motorist was caught on live television, shocking the public. Nagauker was interviewed live moments after the beating, telling a reporter "we came tonight to fight with Arabs ... if we must we will kill them, and if we must we will murder them."
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    ניסיון לינץ' באדם ערבי בטיילת בת ים
    ניסיון לינץ' באדם ערבי בטיילת בת ים
    The beating in Bat Yam back in May during the 11-day war with Hamas
    (Photo: Yariv Katz)
    According to the plea deal, Nagauker confessed to the charges against him. His one-year prison term is retroactive to the day he was arrested in May. He was also ordered to pay 2,000 shekels ($645) to a restaurant damaged in the unrest.
    Nagauker is among at least 10 people who were charged in the incident. In all, hundreds of people, mostly Arabs, were arrested for the nationwide violence, which saw mobs of Jews or Arabs vandalize property and violently clash, in some cases resulting in deaths.
    Also Wednesday, an official Palestinian prisoners' group said an Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian-American man to two life sentences for carrying out a deadly attack on Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
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    Muntasser Shalaby (left) who carried out a drive-by shooting last May that killed Israeli student Yehuda Guetta (right)
    Muntasser Shalaby (left) who carried out a drive-by shooting last May that killed Israeli student Yehuda Guetta (right)
    Muntasser Shalaby (left) who carried out a drive-by shooting last May that killed Israeli student Yehuda Guetta (right)
    (Photo: Amit Shabi)
    Israel says Muntasser Shalaby carried out a drive-by shooting last May that killed Israeli student Yehuda Guetta and wounded two others. He was arrested days after the attack and Israeli forces demolished his house weeks later.
    Israel says its controversial policy of punitive demolitions is meant to deter future attacks. But critics view them as a form of collective punishment. The demolition of Shalaby's home was especially controversial because he was estranged from his family and stayed there only for short periods when visiting from the United States.
    The Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoner Affairs, an official Palestinian body, said the court also required Shalaby to pay 2.5 million shekels ($800,000) in damages.
    The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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