Jewish settler convicted of misconduct

Thursday, March 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Jerusalem Magistrates Court convicted Yifat Elkobi on Wednesday of causing damage to the home of a Palestinian family in 2001.

Elkob, a resident of the Jewish settlement of Hebron, was found guilty after a documented report by B’Tselem showed her harassing a Palestinian family. Actions included throwing stones at the homes of Palestinians in Hebron.

Justice Rivka Friedman-Feldman said that Elkobi's actions were severe and thankfully she only damaged windows rather than causing physical harm to persons.

The court sentenced her to four months of community service, a suspended sentence of 6 months and an option for either a 300 shekel fine ($71) or a 10-day jail sentence. She is also expected to pay the Palestinian family 1000 shekels ($237) in compensation.

Justice Friedman-Feldman wrote that Elkobi showed disrespect to the court and the judicial process during the trial and refuses to take responsibility for her actions.

“Until today, Elkobi has only received light punishments,” said Justice Friedman-Feldman. “The severity of these actions, however, requires harsh punishment.”

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