The judge characterized their actions as one of the gravest cases of violence he has ever encountered.
Last September, 21-year-old Amar Asala and 19-year-old Mahmoud Yassin from Arrabe suspected a 24-year-old man from Hebron stole Korans and other Muslim artifacts from the mosque in their community. The two abducted their victim when they saw him hitchhiking at the entrance to the community. They drove him to a deserted olive grove, undressed him, tied him up, and beat him up cruelly using sticks and planks. They also threatened to electrocute him using cables connected to their vehicle.
'Easy target for despicable acts'
Later, the two drove the victim, who was still naked and tied up, back to Arrabe, where they picked up another young man, 18-year-old Saud Yassin. They proceeded to beat up the victim and then placed a rope around his neck and demanded that he reveal the location of the stolen property. The man denied that he stole anything, and eventually the accused hung him until he lost consciousness. The three then removed the rope from the man's neck, dressed him up, and called the police with the intention of turning him in.
Justice Ilan Schiff noted that the case in question marked a particularly serious offence.
The judge noted that the accused took advantage of the fact that their victim was an illegal alien, therefore viewing him as an "easy target for their despicable acts."