Another terrorist convicted in Beit Orot attack case

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Thursday, June 16, 2022, 9:24 In May 2021, Avia and Shahar Anteman were brutally attacked by Arab terrorists as they were on their way to Beit Orot shortly after he proposed to her in Beit HaHoshen overlooking the Temple Mount. On Tuesday, June 14, one of the perpetrators of the attack, a minor, admitted to the charges against him. He was convicted of aggravated assault in an act of terror, and it is expected that a penalty hearing in his case will be held soon. The following day (Wednesday), a penalty hearing was held for two other perpetrators at which the office of the State Attorney demanded stiff penalties, between six and nine years’ imprisonment for one of them and between nine and thirteen years’ imprisonment for the other. Previous hearings in their case were postponed. There are two additional defendants in the case for whom evidentiary hearings have been scheduled.

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the couple, stated: “We welcome the most recent conviction of one of the terrorists in the case and the previous conviction of two other terrorists in the case. G-d willing the remaining defendants will be convicted as well. We will continue to represent the couple as victims of terror so that the most recently convicted terrorist is penalized to the full extent of the law at the criminal level. We will also represent the victims in a civil suit demanding compensation from the terrorists. We expect the court to stiffly penalize the defendants. There are no grounds for leniencies with these terrorists.”

The Anteman couple testified at a penalty hearing on May 10. Avia focused on the difficulties that the couple has endured since the attack: “As long as we do not know whether or not the defendants [the attackers] have been brought to justice, it is difficult for us to walk around Jerusalem. We will not relax until they are penalized. We expect the court to hand down a stiff penalty to those guilty of injuring me.”

Shahar described how their joyous day turned into trauma: “This was our engagement, an event for which we waited and about which we had dreamed our entire lives. This event, instead of being forever remembered as the happiest event of our lives, will be remembered as a traumatic event.” She also explained how they carry the effects with them to this day: “Things which we hadn’t experienced before the incident, we experience now, fear and a threatening feeling. Therefore our demand is that the guilty parties in this case receive the maximum penalties. Some of the attackers have not yet been detained. We also demand that they and others like them be deterred [from attacking again], that they understand that it’s not worth it. We would appreciate it if the court could consider what we experienced and penalize them to the full extent of the law.”

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