Man Who Ran Over Terrorist Gets Community Service

David Mizrachi ran over a terrorist who had just stabbed his wife and another man.

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Gil Ronen,

Scene of the incident
Scene of the incident

The Jerusalem District Court sentenced David Mizrachi of Kiryat Arba to three months' community service for running over a terrorist who stabbed his wife. Mizrachi, 57, was convicted in June of serious assault as part of a plea bargain, and the sentence was handed down Tuesday.

The incident took place at the gas station at the entrance to Kiryat Arba in November of 2009. The terrorist, Wasim Maswada, came to the Paz gas station armed with an axe and a knife. He entered the convenience store that Mizrachi ran along with his wife, Tamar, and stabbed Tamar in the neck with the knife. She called her husband on the phone and said "I am being stabbed!" 

The terrorist then accosted a man who was fueling his car and stabbed him in the back of the neck. A security guard at the station fired at the terrorist and hit him. 

Three soldiers then approached Maswada and stood guard over him, but he got up and tried to stab the soldiers. They fired several bullets at his legs and he fell to the ground, wounded. 

According to the charge sheet, at a certain point Mizrachi arrived, got into his car and drove toward Maswada. He asked the soldiers – "Is that the terrorist?" – and they answered in the affirmative. He then drove back and forth over him until the soldiers forced him to stop. 

The terrorist has since recovered from his injuries and is to stand trial for his offenses. 

David and Tamar Mizrachi lost two of their three children in the past. Their firstborn son was killed in an accident involving an Arab truck driver in the Etzion Bloc in 2008. A few months later their daughter was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The judges said they were taking into account Mizrachi's terrible psychological state in their sentence.

The video shows the incident as it took place.