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Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem District Court’

PA Arab Indicted for Shooting at Israeli Forces and Arms Dealing

Monday, May 9th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Husam Ashhab, a 19-year-old Palestinian Authority resident of Qalandiya, has been indicted at the Jerusalem District Court for buying and selling weapons and arms, some of which were used to commit terror attacks.

According to the indictment, Ashhab sold a Carl Gustav rifle in March, 2016 to Abed Harub, who used it the following day to carry out a shooting attack in Jerusalem. Harub, together with another terrorist, first shot at people at a bus stop at the Ramot Junction and then drove towards the Old City where they shot at passing cars before being shot and killed by police. One Israeli was critically wounded during the attack.

Ashhab also committed several shooting attacks by himself, the indictment added. He shot at Israeli security forces who came to demolish a terrorist’s home in Qalandiya in November, 2015. He took a rifle he had hidden in a neighborhood near his home and fired five shots at military vehicles. He also shot at an IDF pillbox in Qalandiya one week later.

The Jerusalem prosecutor is requesting to have Ashhab detained until the end of court proceedings against him.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Man Sentenced to Life For Burning Arab Teen

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Yosef Chaim Ben David was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday evening in the Jerusalem District Court for murdering an Arab teenager last summer. In addition, Ben David is to pay approximately US$40,000 in restitution to his victim’s family.

Ben David was found guilty and convicted on April 19 for the kidnapping, torture and subsequent murder of 14-year-old Arab, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. He was also tried and found guilty of an unsuccessful kidnapping and attempted murder of a Arab youth the night before.

“For the crime of murder, the court sentences Ben David to the mandatory term of 25 years, a life sentence. For the other crimes we issue an additional 20 year prison term on top of the life sentence,” stated the presiding judge in his sentencing.

In total, Ben David will have to serve 45 years in prison.

“The cumulative nature of the sentence was called for due to the cruel nature of his offences,” the judge said.

The 29-year-old convict was the central suspect in the murder along with two other minors, both of whom were already sentenced to 20 year prison terms.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Jew Convicted of Murdering of Jerusalem Muslim Teen

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

by Michael Bachner/TPS The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yosef Chaim Ben David, 29, on Tuesday morning of the abduction and murder of Jerusalem Arab teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014. The teen was on his way to a mosque in his neighborhood, Shuafat, when he was kidnapped. The incident rattled the region and played a key role in escalating the tensions leading up to the summer war in Gaza.

Ben David, from the community of Adam, was the central suspect in the murder, along with two minors. His verdict was delayed by several months to determine his mental state, following claims by his lawyers that he was mentally ill and not responsible for his actions.

The court, however, ruled that Ben David “was not in a psychotic state, fully understood what he was doing, had control over his actions and had the ability to refrain from committing the crime.”

Abu Khdeir was 16 years old when he was abducted and burned alive in Jerusalem by the three Israeli Jews. The murderers claimed they wanted to avenge the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens by Hamas terrorists just days earlier. The two atrocities sent tensions soaring between Israelis and Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, culminating in the IDF’s 2014 Gaza campaign, Operation Protective Edge.

Ben David’s two nephews, 16 and 17 years old, were convicted in January of committing the murder along with him. One of them received a life sentence. The other was sentenced to 21 years in prison after the court ruled that he played a lesser role in the murder.

Before the verdict, Abu Khdeir’s father Hussein called on the Israeli government to demolish the homes of his son’s murderers, in keeping with Israeli policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinian Authority terrorists. “We need justice from the court,” he said. “These murderers should have their homes demolished. Such people cannot be granted parole. He needs to serve a life sentence.”

Following the conviction, the state prosecution released a statement saying that Ben David committed the murder “out of nationalistic vengeful motives, also dragging his underage relatives with him who participated in the heinous crime and were sentenced to many years behind bars.”

In the Palestinian Authority and in Gaza, people celebrate the murders of Israeli Jews, honking car horns and passing out sweets to strangers in the streets when an attack has taken place.

Public squares, special events and streets are named for especially “successful” terrorists so their deeds will be remembered and glorified for future generations.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Court Convicts Jewish Murderers of Arab Teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A panel of three judges in the Jerusalem District Court convicted two of the three Jewish murderers of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shuafat on Monday. The Arab teen was abducted as he waited to enter a mosque at 4 am in the Shuafat neighborhood.

Both convicted defendants are minors.

The third defendant, 31-year-old Yosef Chaim Ben-David of Adam, has also confessed to having murdered the Arab teen last summer. He was not convicted by the panel, however, because he was deemed medically unfit to stand trial due to his mental state, even though the judges acknowledged that he had indeed committed the murder.

Ben Yosef and one of the two minors admitted during questioning to beating the Arab teen unconscious and then burning him to death by pouring a flammable liquid on his body and igniting it while he was still alive. The second minor sat in the vehicle during the murder but was involved in the kidnapping and the drive to the Jerusalem Forest where Abu Khdeir was killed.

According to the indictment, the murder was intended as revenge for the abduction and murder of three Jewish teens days earlier in Gush Etzion. Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of the young victim, told Galei Tzahal Army Radio in an interview on Monday morning that he wanted the court to sentence the killers to life in prison. “I want what is done to Arabs, will also be done to Jews: life sentences, no pardons.”

After the indictments, the Defense Ministry has recognized Mohammed Abu Khdeir as a victim of terror, but the outraged and grieving family rejected the recognition.

At the time, the Defense Ministry had granted the family the same compensation rights as those granted to victims of Arab terrorism. Now the decision must now be ratified by the National Insurance Institute.

Hana Levi Julian

Alleged Arab Arsonist Accused of Torching Center After Being Fired

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Hebron resident Mohanned Qawasme, 27, was indicted Sunday in Jerusalem District Court in connection with torching the VIEW events Center in the capital in revenge for being fired.

Qawasme was indicted on charges of arson, resisting arrest, illegally entering Israel, identity theft and forging documents, the District Attorney’s Office announced in a statement.

The indictment by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office came in connection with the August 9 arson attack on the VIEW Events Center in the Talpiot section of the capital.

Court documents accuse Qawasme of igniting fire in an oil tank area used for storage next to the events center. According to the documents, Qawasme torched the center in revenge for having been dismissed as an employee at the center some three months earlier.

The blaze caused hundreds of thousands of shekels in damage to the contents of the storage area.

One of the employees at the center noticed the flames and called the fire department in time for firefighters to extinguish the blaze before it could spread to nearby buildings.

Meanwhile, Qawasme had already begun employment at a different events center in Jerusalem, according to court documents. When he saw police approaching, he tried to escape, but was caught by officers at the scene, the indictment alleged.

The district attorney’s office requested in the indictment that the court extend Qawasme’s remand until the conclusion of the trial.

Hana Levi Julian

Ehud Olmert’s ‘Talansky Affair’ Re-Opens in Jerusalem District Court

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The corruption trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert — this one relating to wads of cash from Long Island businessman and philanthropist Rabbi Morris “Moshe” Talansky — has reopened in Jerusalem District Court.

Talansky founded The New Jerusalem Fund together with Olmert. He told the Jerusalem District Court in past testimony that over a period of 13 years he gave the former prime minister about $150,000, most of it in cash, earmarked for campaign and personal expenses. Some was intended as a loan, some not.

The court was set to hear testimony from former Olmert aide Shula Zaken, who has turned state’s witness, as well as from Olmert in defense of himself.

The Israeli leader was convicted of breach of trust in the Holyland Complex affair in 2012 and given a suspended sentence of one year in prison and a fine of NIS 75,000 ($21,000). This year he was convicted of lying to the court in testimony about the case, and was convicted again on one count of breach of trust in the same case.

Olmert was sentenced on May 13, 2014, to six years in prison and fined NIS 1.5 million ($430,000), and was to begin serving his sentence yesterday, September 1.

He was acquitted in the Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs, but due to new evidence the Talansky affair was also re-opened today.

All three cases span Olmert’s tenures as mayor of Jerusalem, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Finance Minister and finally as Prime Minister – a period from 1993 to 2009.

Hana Levi Julian

AG: Police Found Well Organized, Criminal Vote Scam in Beit Shemesh

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Jerusalem District Court will discuss on Tuesday appeals of the municipal elections results in Beit Shemesh. The appeals have been submitted by AG Yehuda Weinstein and the losing mayoral candidate Eli Cohen.

In his appeal, the AG cited the police investigation of alleged vote fraud in the city which is split among Haredi, Modern Orthodox and Secular residents. The picture presented by police, the AG wrote, is of serious, systematic and organized criminal activity, intended to influence the election results.

The AG’s appeal suggests the fraud operation was planned well in advance of election day, and included cajoling legal voters to hand over their ID cards to Haredi party operatives. The cards were collected from voters’ homes and in synagogues. Those cards were used on election day by impostors.

Police raided apartments where they discovered 120 ID cards and passports, as well as notes with voting station numbers. Police also found handkerchiefs, hats, wigs and glasses, possibly for use in altering the appearance of impostors so they could vote more than once.

In addition, a car belonging to a major Haredi political figure was found to contain some 40 ID cards. The driver told police he was part of a network that recruited imposter voters.

According to Weinstein, the small gap—956 votes, 2.7%—between the winning candidate, incumbent mayor Moshe Abutbul, who is associated with the Haredim in Beit Shemesh, and the challenger, Eli Cohen, associated with Jewish Home, suggests that Cohen’s victory may have been reached entirely through fraudulent voting.

Abutbul’s attorneys will ask the court to dismiss the appeals, or at least to move it to a civil court, which would enable them to cross examine police witnesses who were used in compiling the damning report.

Haredi newspapers on Monday called on their readers to pray for the success of Mayor Abutbul—Moshe ben Varda—who may have to face a repeat election.

For his part, Abutbul took the high road, warning his citizens against a “civil war” (the term in Hebrew is “brotherly war” – milchemet achim).

“It’s a shame that some political entities who refuse to accept the voter’s decision and are dragging Beit Shemesh towards a civil war,” he said. However, he added that he intends “to obey whatever decision the court reaches.”

Mayor Abutbul is a member of Shas. His deputy-mayor, Shmuel Greenberg, is a member of United Torah Judaism (UTJ). In the previous elections, Abutbul was able to attract moderate Orthodox voters by promising: “Beit Shemesh is not a Haredi city and will not be one.” Haredi parties won 10 out of the 21-seat municipal councilin 2009.

The modern city of Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem’s neighbor to the west, was established in 1952, by immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Romania, Morocco and Iraqi Kurdistan. In the 1990s, the city experienced an influx of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, and from North America, the UK, South Africa and Australia.

In 2011 Haredim made up 40% of the population, according to the municipality, and 63% of the city’s schoolchildren in 2010 were Haredim.

Disputes between Haredi and Modern Orthodox Jews in Beit Shemesh have been capturing headlines for at least a decade, with a general sense that Haredi militants have been increasing their influence in this once sleepy city.

According to Ha’aretz, the population of Beit Shemesh is expected to reach 150,000 in 2020.

Yori Yanover

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