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Settler jailed for 10 months for attacking soldier, Palestinians

David Or Shachar from Bat Ayin also ordered to pay victims financial compensation for injuries

Far-right activist David Or Shachar (screenshot: YouTube/Hakol Hayehudi)
Far-right activist David Or Shachar (screenshot: YouTube/Hakol Hayehudi)

A settler from the West Bank was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in jail for assaulting two Palestinians and an IDF soldier, and carrying out two other attacks.

David Or Shachar, 21, from Bat Ayin was also sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to pay financial compensation to his victims.

Or Shachar was originally convicted in December for the October 2013 attacks. He confessed to the attacks during his trial at Jerusalem District Court and expressed regret for his actions.

He and two other Israeli teens were convicted of attacking a Palestinian man with clubs and pepper spray as he stood outside Bat Ayin.

The three then proceeded to attack an IDF soldier who intervened to protect the Palestinian, which prompted condemnation from the army and a temporary withdrawal of military presence from the settlement.

View of the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin (photo credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
View of the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Or Shachar was also convicted of aggravated assault, attacking a public official, and damaging property for hurling stones at a Palestinian truck in 2013, as well as uprooting some 35 olive trees on Palestinian land in 2014, according to the Walla news website.

Indictments against Jewish extremists for attacking Palestinians and others have been rare, and convictions even rarer. Critics charge that there exists a double standard regarding Jewish attackers.

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