The Rehovot Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sentenced 24-year-old Moshe Orbach to two years in prison and six months of probation for writing a document inciting violence against non-Jews.
Orbach, of Bnei Brak, was convicted a month ago of sedition, marking the first time in a decade an Israeli court found someone guilty of the charge.
The document, which was named “Kingdom of Evil,” calls for violence and terror against adherents of non-Jewish religions, and provides specific instruction for burning down the homes of Palestinians and establishing Jewish terror cells.
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“The severe nature of the document is potentially devastating if it reaches the eyes and ears of those who have violence in their hearts,” Menachem Mizrachi, the presiding judge, wrote in his ruling.
“In light of the circumstances, I believe this case warrants a severe punishment, one that will deter others from behaving in a similar fashion, and will make clear to the defendant that Israeli courts do not take lightly such actions, which have the power to rupture the delicate fabric of the Israeli society.”
Orbach’s document provided detailed instructions for burning down Palestinian homes, saying 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 in,” he wrote. “In order to prevent 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.”
In July of last year, three members of a Palestinian family — 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabshah and his parents — were killed when Molotov cocktails was hurled into their home in the West Bank town of Duma. Authorities have charged two Israelis in the attack.