A Jerusalem Magistrate Court handed down a relatively light 30-day jail term to a known leftist activist for assaulting policemen during the destruction of an illegal Arab structure in the southern Hevron Hills. Sentences to Jewish activists usually are much harsher and have included orders expelling them from their homes and the surrounding area for weeks and sometimes months.
The activist, Ezra Nawi, an admitted homosexual who lives with an Arab man in Jerusalem, also was ordered to pay a heavy fine in addition to 500 shekels to be paid to each policeman he struck.
“A one-month sentence for a violent crime is a mockery and shows the discrimination of law enforcement and justice in Judea and Samaria that allows Nawi to continue to recklessly roam the area and cooperate with Hamas to attack Jewish residents and their property,” said the Human Rights group of Judea and Samaria. The groups noted that Nawi was not charged until he struck a policeman although he has been involved in frequent incidents of incitement against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.
Nawi is known in Hevron for his pro-Arab activities against Jews and was convicted in 1992 for committing an indecent act on a minor, for illegal use of a weapon, growing and possessing drugs, entering a closed military area, threatening and transporting illegal Arab workers.