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Man gets 4 Months for Temple Mount Attack

Man who took part in Muslim mob’s violent attack on police gets just four months in jail after reaching plea bargain.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 12/31/2013, 12:31 PM

Riots on the Temple Mount
Riots on the Temple Mount
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s court has sentenced local man Bassem Halaf to four months in prison for assaulting police officers in a riot.

Halaf was part of a Muslim mob that attacked police officers on the Temple Mount four months ago. During a riot, Halaf and others hurled heavy stones, wooden boards and other objects at officers at the holy site.

Halaf received a relatively light sentence after agreeing to a plea bargain under which he admitted to rioting and to attempting to attack a police officer. He will serve eight months of probation as well.

The Temple Mount riots in September were apparently aimed at driving Jews away from the holy site. Muslim leaders – including Members of Knesset – have encouraged Muslim worshipers to force Jews from the site.

On Monday, a Jerusalem court sentenced a second local Arab man to one year in prison in a separate attack on police officers. Nineteen-year-old Mohammed Dawiyat had been convicted of firing fireworks at a police vehicle.

The assault was committed while Dawiyat was supposed to be under house arrest for a different offense.