Jewish youth accused of killing Arab woman to go to house arrest

16-year-old accused of killing Arab woman in Samaria expected to be released to house arrest with electronic shackles until end of trial.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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The 16-year-old Jewish boy accused of killing Arab woman Aisha Rabi, near Rahelim in Samaria, is expected to be released to house arrest with electronic shackles.

The District Court in Lod decided to examine his release to house arrest until the end of the trial.

The youth is charged with manslaughter under circumstances of terror, stone-throwing at vehicles in aggravated circumstances under terrorist circumstances, and intentional sabotage of a vehicle in circumstances of terror.

According to the indictment, last October the boy and other students stayed overnight at a yeshiva where they were studying over the weekend. On Friday night, the youth, accompanied by others, located on a hill adjacent to Route 60, which is a high-speed interurban road, a few meters from the road, in the section between the Rehelim junction and the Tapuah junction.

The indictment said the boy took hold of a stone weighing about two kilograms, with the aim of hitting Arab passengers on the road, out of an “ideological motive of racism” and “hostility toward Arabs for being Arabs.”

At the same time, the indictment continued, Aisha Rabi, her partner and their 9-year-old daughter, traveled from the Rehelim junction to the Tapuah junction on their way to their home in Biddya, at a high speed of about 100 kilometers per hour. As the vehicle approached, the youth noticed that the vehicle had a white license plate indicative of a Palestinian Arab vehicle.

The indictment stated further that, toward the arrival of the vehicle at high speed, the youth threw the stone hard at the front of the vehicle toward the windshield “in order to hit the occupants, indifferent to the possibility that they would die. The stone hit the right upper part of the windshield of the front car, smashed it, penetrated it, and with powerful force directly hit Aisha's head, all in front of her family.”

As a result, the indictment said, Aisha suffered a severe and fatal head injury. The spouse, who managed not to lose control of the vehicle and avoid danger to his safety and that of the little girl and the other drivers on the road, continued on his way to Tapuah junction, flashing emergency lights, shouting at his daughter and driving quickly to the nearest Palestinian clinic, where her death was confirmed, according to the indictment.

The father of the youth slammed the prosecution’s decision to submit an indictment. “We know our son is innocent,” he said. “Unfortunately, excessive motivation to find guilty persons at all costs has made us victims. One day, and it will take time unfortunately, our son will be exonerated. But who will give him back his youthful years stolen from him? The injustice cries out to heaven."

Attorney Amir Bracha, the boy's lawyer, also attacked the indictment. "This is an indictment that has a big question mark on it," he said. "We have repeated this all along the way. The court also said that the central evidence includes unknown DNA. The state has done an injustice here - it placed an arrow and then drew the target around it."




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