3 men jailed for assaulting Arab cab driver

Jewish suspects confess to racist attack early last year; receive 11, 12, 13 months’ imprisonment, respectively

Illustrative: Line of taxis waiting for passengers (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Illustrative: Line of taxis waiting for passengers (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Three Jewish men who confessed to assaulting an Arab taxi driver early last year were sentenced on Thursday to approximately a year in prison.

The Jerusalem District Court slapped the three with 11, 12, and 13 months’ imprisonment respectively for a hate crime against an Arab taxi driver, the Ynet news outlet reported.

The three confessed to the crime as part of a plea bargain agreement. The suspects said they had hailed the cab driver, and after entering the vehicle began beating and insulting him. The driver managed to get out of the car and run away, the report said, and the suspects proceeded to smash his sunroof.

Jerusalem saw a spate of violent attacks against Arab taxi drivers in the past year, particularly during the Gaza summer conflict. Most recently, an Arab taxi driver was assaulted on December 1 in central Jerusalem with pepper spray.

On November 11, police said they arrested four 13-year-old boys who admitted to throwing stones at an Arab cab driver.

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