Monday, September 09, 2013

Man Sentenced to 4 Years for 'Hate Crimes' Against Ethiopians

(Sept 09, 2013, (Arutz Sheva))--A man from Haifa was convicted for threatening to kill Ethiopian residents and setting fires to their buildings. A Haifa resident, 27, was sentenced on Monday to four years in prison. The defendant was found guilty of arson and ‘hate crimes’ against Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia motivated by “pure racism and hatred,” according to the judge ruling in his case.

The man was convicted of a chain of incidents, the first occurring in 2011 when the defendant set fire to his mother’s neighbors’ house. The man piled wood and furniture on the lawn in front of his mother’s building and then set them aflame.

The neighbors, who were identified by the man as Ethiopians, tried to extinguish the flames, but the defendant prevented them from doing so, while shouting at them, “I’ll get a knife and you’ll be finished. Ethiopians, I’ll set you on fire.”

In another incident, he set fire to one of his neighbor's tires. Again, the man threatened to “burn all the Ethiopians in the building” and subsequently fled the scene as soon as the fire went out. Read more from Arutz Sheva »

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