Teens accused of attempted ‘lynch’ to get reduced charges
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Teens accused of attempted ‘lynch’ to get reduced charges

Two of eight youths charged with assaulting Arab in August agree to plea bargain

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Jewish youths suspected of involvement in an attack on an Arab teen at the Jerusalem District Court in September. (photo credit: Oren Nahshon/Flash90)
Jewish youths suspected of involvement in an attack on an Arab teen at the Jerusalem District Court in September. (photo credit: Oren Nahshon/Flash90)

Two of eight teens charged with assaulting Arab teens in Jerusalem in August will only be convicted of incitement to violence and racism as part of a plea bargain, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the prosecution agreed to reduce the charges against the two minors on condition that they admit to the accusations leveled against them.

The Jerusalem District Court is expected to sentence the two in three months.

The trial of the remaining six Jewish teenagers who allegedly attacked Palestinians youths in the capital’s Zion Square, injuring three lightly and one severely, will continue.

Dozens of bystanders reportedly watched the events unfold in August without intervening. East Jerusalem resident Jamal Julani, 17, nearly died in the attack, according to Jerusalem Police. Police called the incident a “lynch” and an “extremely severe crime.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack, which caught the country’s attention because of its racial nature.

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