Ik vind de voorgestelde straf niet echt getuigen van 'zero tolerance' maar het is iets. In Nederland zullen de straffen voor vergelijkbare vergrijpen niet hoger zijn, alle retoriek over hard straffen wanneer hulpverleners, politie en andere publieke functionarissen worden aangevallen ten spijt. Het is natuurlijk ook de vraag hoeveel hard straffen helpt. Uit onderzoek blijkt dat snel straffen meer effect heeft, en dat lijkt hier redelijk te zijn gebeurd.
Ondertussen moet de oorzaak natuurlijk aangepakt worden, en dat is het extreem-rechts gedachtengoed onder bepaalde groepen (met name) jonge en zeer religieuze kolonisten. De overgrote meerderheid van de kolonisten deelt deze ideeën niet, maar veroordeelt ze naar mijn idee ook te weinig, hoewel de vernielingen in een moskee vorige maand wel breed door hen werden veroordeeld.
Yeshiva student convicted of biting IDF officer in W. Bank
By Nir Hasson and Amos Harel
A Jerusalem yeshiva student who admitted to the November assault of an army officer in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar was convicted last week of charges in connection to the incident.
Ephraim Haikin, 18, was protesting against the construction freeze in West Bank settlements.
Haikin admitted to deliberately puncturing the tire of a vehicle in which two high-ranking commanders were sitting, as well as biting a third officer and threatening a police officer.
Haikin was convicted in Kfar Sava Magistrate's Court of interfering in the work of a public servant, aggravated assault of a public servant, committing property damage, fleeing from law-enforcement officials and also of illegal weapons possession.
The attorneys for the defendant and the state reached a plea bargain in the case. If accepted by the court Haikin will be sentenced to one month in prison (for which he will be credited the time served in police custody), three months' community service (reduced to two months in light of his prison stay) and a fine of NIS 5,000.
Judge Nitza Maimon-Shashua set sentencing for next month. Until then Haikin will remain under house arrest at his parents' Jerusalem home.
The incident occurred on November 26, while Col. Itzik Bar, commander of the Samaria Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, was touring the Nablus sector with a battalion commander.
After Haikin punctured the tire of the vehicle he was pursued by the brigade's operational commander, Maj. Erez Tal, and a communications officer. They apprehended Haikin and brought him to the ground, at which point Haikin bit Tal.
Two weeks after the incident in Yitzhar a mosque in the nearby Palestinian village of Yasuf was torched. The perpetrators spray-painted the words "Price tag - greetings from Effi" on the floor of the mosque before they left.
The Shin Bet security service and police are still investigating the case, but investigators believe that the perpetrators may have been friends of Haikin who were protesting his continued detention.
GOC Central Command Avi Mizrahi told settler leaders yesterday that he is taking a "zero tolerance" approach to anyone who assaults soldiers or harms military property.