Palestinian charged with raping 7-year-old Jewish girl from West Bank
The police say the suspect from a town near Ramallah met the young victim at her school, where he worked as a janitor, and after grooming her led the child - from one of the nearby Israeli settlements - to a house and sexually assaulted the girl
The police said the suspect, from the town of Deir Qaddis near Ramallah, worked as a janitor at a school which the young victim was attending and had groomed her for a long time before committing the attack.
The suspect allegedly established a relationship with the girl by bringing her gifts and sweets. According to the indictment, one day the suspect forcefully led the 7 year old into one of the houses in the area and sexually assaulted her before letting the victim go.
The man was charged with rape under aggravated circumstances, assault and kidnapping.
The indictment was filed after a months-long investigation, conducted by Shai District Police.
Attorney Haim Bleicher of the right-wing activist group Honenu, who accompanies the family of the victim, called the attack “shocking and cruel,” and claimed the rape was nationalistically motivated.