Jewish teens indicted for beating an Arab shepherd

In months old case, two Jewish teens indicted for allegedly beating Arab shepherd last spring. Attorney: 'no basis in factual evidence.'

Ido Ben Porat ,

Hilltop youth in Binyamin region
Hilltop youth in Binyamin region
Photo by Omer Messinger/FLASH90

The Jerusalem district attorney submitted indictments against two Jerusalem minors today to the Jerusalem District Court for Minors. The indictments were filed for the charges of causing injury in extreme circumstance and being in illegal possession of a knife.

One of the accused was previously arrested for suspected involvement in the lethal Duma arson affair, before being released after it was found he had nothing to do with the murder. He reported being brutally tortured during his interrogation.

According to the indictment, the two teens, one 18 years of age and the other 15 years of age, identified an Arab shepherd near the village of Kochav Hashachar in the Binyamin region of Samaria.

The two youths, together with five other teens, decided to chase off the shepherd by beating him.

They allegedly covered their faces and hands, and used a steel rod to which they attached knives. They then proceeded to run at the shepherd and allegedly attacked and hit him with the steel rods continually, until he fell and lost consciousness.  

David Levy, an attorney from the Honenu legal aid organization that is representing one of the accused, said, "we are talking about an indictment that has no basis in any factual evidence. It was presented in blatant violation of the assurances of the country to conduct a hearing for my client, prior to the submission of an indictment."

"Unfortunately it appears that the prosecutor’s office has lost all of its senses and has chosen to bulldoze through the process of submitting a letter of indictment at lighting speed, without any basis or connection to reality."

Levy added that “it appears that the prosecutor’s decision to indict my client came because just yesterday the court accepted our appeal on behalf of my client to release him from the house arrest that he was placed under.”