Israeli court convicts radical right-wing activist of sedition
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Israeli court convicts radical right-wing activist of sedition

Moshe Orbach faces maximum of 5 years in prison for writing pamphlet with instructions on how to firebomb Palestinian homes

Moshe Orbach (right) in court on February 18, 2016 (Screen capture: Channel 10)
Moshe Orbach (right) in court on February 18, 2016 (Screen capture: Channel 10)

The Rehovot Magistrate’s Court on Thursday convicted right-wing activist Moshe Orbach of sedition, the first time in a decade an Israeli court found someone guilty of the charge.

Orbach was convicted for writing a pamphlet titled “The Kingdom of Evil,” in which he detailed the specifics for burning down the homes of Palestinians and instructions for establishing Jewish terror cells.

Orbach faces a maximum of five years in prison.

According to Channel 10, the Bnei Brak resident wrote instructions in the document about how prospective attackers should “arm themselves with a Molotov cocktail, a lighter, gloves, a hammer or crowbar.

“You get to the village and there you look for a house. You break a glass door or a window and pour the gasoline inside, or simply light the Molotov cocktail and throw it,” Orbach wrote. “In order to bar the residents from escaping, you can leave burning tires in the entrance to the house.”

The goal of such actions, Orbach went on, is “to create as many severe casualties as possible. In order to kick them senseless, you should beat them on the head to render them unconscious.”

The pamphlet was confiscated by detectives from a special unit dealing with nationalistically motivated crimes when Orbach was arrested following the arson attack at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes near the Sea of Galilee in mid-June last year.

Orbach was charged at the end of July. According to Hebrew-language news site Ynet, at the time he was released to house arrest due to a prosecution error.

The last time an Israeli court served a conviction for sedition occurred during Israel’s 2005 unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Channel 10 reported.

 

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