Entrance to Silwan
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Silwan man who stoned Jewish vehicle gets 4 years

Judge says Mohammad Taha and accomplices 'ruthlessly, mercilessly' attacked father and daughter who entered village by mistake

The Jerusalem District Court sentenced Mohammad Taha, 23, to four years in prison for hurling bricks and stones at a father and his daughter who accidentally entered Silwan last May.


Judge Rafi Carmel ruled that Taha and his accomplices ambushed the vehicle before mounting a "ruthless, unscrupulous and merciless attack."


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According to the verdict, the father and his daughter were making their way to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City when they entered the village, which is predominantly Palestinian, by mistake. Residents pelted their vehicle with stones and shattered the windshield. The father sped up, but Taha and his accomplices, who were hiding behind garbage bins, proceeded to throw stones at bricks at the car from close range as it was passing by.


The daughter was lightly injured from the shattered glass.


The prosecution said the motive for the attack was ideological, adding that the father's resourcefulness prevented a tragic result.


Judge Rafi Carmel said the defendant targeted the father and daughter "only because they were Jews who had mistakenly entered his village."


"The complainants' lives were in real danger. The circumstances of the incident demand a harsh sentence to stop - or at least curb - this phenomenon," the judge stated.




פרסום ראשון: 12.27.11, 14:48
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