Issa Ibrahim Islam was accused of Nakba Day truck rampage in Tel Aviv last May and found fit to stand trial after a psychiatric evaluation submitted by the prosecution.
"He screamed 'Allahu Akbar' and then threw a traffic light on my head," says eyewitness.
The trial opened a week after David Morag, the father of Aviv which was killed during the rampage, committed suicide. "Aviv was his whole world," said a friend of the family, "The last few months were very difficult for him, and the holidays were even twice as hard."
Jerusalem District Court convicts Shani Sevilya of abuse, intimidation, after she aims gun at Palestinian detainee, squeezes trigger while saying 'death to Arabs'
The trial of Issa Ibrahim Islam, a truck driver who went on a killing rampage on Nakba Day, opened at the Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.
The Kfar Kassem resident is accused of killing 29 year-old Aviv Morag and injuring 17 others while recklessly driving a truck along Bar-Lev Street in Tel Aviv last May. The driver also ran over several vehicles during the rampage.
A psychiatric evaluation submitted by the prosecution found Islam fit to stand trial, and determined that the defendant was lucid while he committed the act.
During the hearing, eyewitness recounted the horrors of that Sunday morning, as they were commuting to work and school: "He screamed 'Allahu Akbar' and then threw the traffic light on my head," recalled Shani Oz, one of the witnesses.
"The truck collided into my car and the back windshield shattered to pieces," said Amitai Asif, "People were scared. I had blood all over my face even after being taken into the ambulance," he noted.
According to the indictment, Islam carried on with his rampage even after colliding into several vehicles. "The defendant did not stop, but rather stepped on the gas and continued his killing spree," the indictment read.
The trial opened a week after David Morag, the father of the victim killed during the rampage, committed suicide.
"Aviv was his whole world," said a friend of the family, "The last few months were very difficult for him, and the holidays were even twice as hard."
Islam's defense attorney, Yehosua Resnik, rejected the accusations, claiming that "the incident was nothing more than an accident that went wrong."
Border Guard female officer gets 3 months in jail for abusing Palestinian minor -
The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday convicted former Border Guard officer Shani Sivilya, 22, of abusing a Palestinian minor that was detained and placed under her supervision.
Sivilya, who was let go from the Border Guard following the incident a few months ago, was sentenced to three months in prison and three months community service as part of a plea bargain in which she admitted of aiming a gun to the minor's head and squeezing the trigger, while saying "death to Arabs."
Sivilya also admitted that her acts were motived by racism.
The court convicted Sevilia of three counts of abusing a minor, intimidation and recklessness behavior.
Sivilya's attorney Refael Farij, claimed his client is a responsible and dedicated young woman, who made a one time mistake, and asked the judge to mitigate the punishment, however his request was denied.
Justice Amnon Cohen noted in his ruling that Sivilya's acts must be looked upon gravely, as they were committed while the minor was under her supervision. "Border Guard officers fulfill a difficult task and many times are places in strenuous positions, however that does not a justify abusing their duty," he said.
"The defendant admitted of being driven by racism, which adds another element of severity to the offence. A clear message must be sent that those who abuse their power and uniform in order to humiliate and degrade those who are their subordinates will face severe punishment," he added.
Judge Cohen took under consideration the defendant's young age, but rejected the probation service's recommendation not to sentence her to a prison term.
"By her acts, the defendant harmed the image of the Border Guard who are tasked with a difficult job day in day out," the judge ruled.
"With all due respect to the District Court, we believe the judges have made a mistake by sentencing the defendant to both an active prison term and community service," Sivilya's attorney said after the sentencing.
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