Julani in hospital
Photo: Hassan Shaalan
Photo: Avraham Bergman, News 24
Scene of attack
Photo: Avraham Bergman, News 24
One of the defendants
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Another defendant
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Teens who assaulted Arabs get jail time

Three youths who took part in two racially-motivated assaults in Jerusalem last year given prison sentences as long as eight months

Three teens who assaulted Arabs last year were handed prison sentences on Monday morning.


The Jerusalem Magistrates' Court sentenced one youth to eight months imprisonment for his part in the assault of Jamal Julani in the capital's Zion Square and his involvement in a separate attack on Arabs earlier that night.


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Another defendant involved in one of incidents received three months in prison. A third defendant who took part in the event but was involved in the physical assault was sent to one month in prison.


"The attack on Julani was nothing short of a lynch," the judge said. "The rioters decided he was not a person but an object they could play with as they pleased."


The indictments filed in the case distinguish between two events which took place in August 2012: the assault of unknown Arab victims in Jerusalem's Nahalat Shiva neighborhood and the assault of Julani by 10 youths.


To date, seven plea bargains were reached with assailants in the first incident who were charged with incitement to violence and aggravated racist assault.


Judge Yaakov Zaban sentenced one of the main defendants in the case, who was 16-years-old at the time, to eight months in prison. He was convicted of racially motivated aggravated battery and aiding and abetting.


The second defendant, who received three months, was convicted of incitement to violence. The third defendant was convicted of aiding and abetting. The two were 15 at the time.



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