A Jewish resident of Samaria has been indicted on charges of entering a mosque in a Palestinian Arab village, damaging property and destroying a Koran.
According to the indictment, which was leaked to the Hebrew press on Wednesday, David Oved (30) was among a group of Jewish settlers who entered the Palestinian village of Orif in June as part of widespread Jewish reprisals following a string of Palestinian terrorist attacks, in particular the deadly shooting at Eli.
While in Orif, the suspect, who will remain in custody for the duration of the investigation, entered a local mosque, damaged furniture, broke windows and then emerged with several copies of the Koran, after which he proceeded to tear pages out of at least one of the Muslim holy books. This act of was caught on security cameras.
The prosecutor’s office noted that this was done for religious, nationalistic and/or ideological reasons in order to sow fear in the local Muslim population, and therefore amounted to an act of terrorism.
Nati Rom, the attorney for the accused, said an example was being made of his client, stressing that Arab suspects who commit similar or worse crimes are rarely treated so harshly. Pundits on social media also pointed out that the police have filed no indictments against left-wing anti-government demonstrators who have damaged public property or put the public in danger, for instance by setting large fires on public transportation arteries.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the judicial system of selectively enforcing the law against right-wing or religious Jews, while being far more lenient with left-wing secular protesters and Arab criminals.
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