Judge Yitzchak Amit of the Supreme Court dismissed the prosecution’s appeal earlier this week against the decision of a Jerusalem District judge to release three Arabs to house arrest after they attempted to lynch a Chareidi family in Beit Chanina on Chol Hamoed Sukkos.
The glass hurt the mother during the attempted lynch, the three little children were covered in glass, and the entire family experienced tremendous emotional distress.
The family was traveling to their Neve Yaakov home when a large group of Arab rioters blocking the road started throwing rocks at their car, smashing the glass, and even attempting to open the doors.
An Arab came over after a stone broke the window beside the mother, entirely hitting it.
His friend reached inside the vehicle and attempted to punch the mother in the head.
The baby’s car seat was struck by a heavy stone thrown at it, but it, fortunately, fell between his legs.
“The defendants come from regular households, have not previously been involved in crimes, detention is difficult for them, and they have likely learned their lesson,” Judge Amit stated in his ruling.
The accused are presently housed in Damon Prison together with security detainees.
I am not persuaded that the defendants’ or the State’s interests will be served in any way by this.
The family’s lawyer, Chaim Bleicher of the Honenu legal aid organization, criticized the court’s decision, saying: “Murderous acts against Israeli civilians continue, but incomprehensibly, the courts continue to release the same terrorists.” Unfortunately, the courts prioritize the comfort of the terrorists over the protection of Israeli citizens.