Attacked Beit Orot couple sue for damages

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Anteman proposal; Photo courtesy of the photographer

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 8:08 Avia and Shahar Anteman, who were brutally attacked in Beit HaHoshen, overlooking the Temple Mount, immediately after their engagement in May 2021, are suing two of the terrorists who attacked them for 1,950,000 NIS. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher filed a civil suit on the Antemans’ behalf at the Jerusalem District Court against Nawaf Abu al-Hawe and Rami Salah al-Din.

In the suit, Bleicher detailed the damage caused to the injured couple and the pain and suffering, primarily emotional, which they still experience, to this day. They have asked the court to award them compensation and also punitive damages, due to the racist-nationalist motives of the terrorists. Bleicher stated after he filed the statement of claim, “Islamic terrorists act at all times to cause panic and cruelly injure Israeli citizens. We will do everything to exact as high a price as possible from them. Every terrorist who took part in the brutal attack should expect to be sued in the same manner. After following the criminal proceedings in a demand for stiff prison sentences, we hope that by demanding financial compensation we will do our part in increasing deterrence in the war on terror.”

Avia in hospital; Photo credit: Tzur Anteman

In May 2021, Avia proposed to Shahar in Beit HaHoshen, and then they headed toward Beit Orot. On their way, their car was blocked by other cars. At the A Tor Intersection, dozens of Arab rioters threw rocks at them. Avia got out of the car and was beaten, pelted with rocks, and then stabbed in the back. Shahar escaped on foot and hid behind a parked car until the police arrived. The couple met up again in Beit Orot. Avia was evacuated, injured and bleeding, to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital. He suffered a head injury, stab wounds to his back, and a punctured lung. Due to prolonged hospitalization and outpatient treatments, the couple postponed their engagement party.

The Jerusalem District Court convicted the terrorists in a plea bargain in June 2022. The following month, the court handed down lenient sentences of five and seven years’ imprisonment to Salah al-Din and Abu al-Hawe in July. The office of the State Attorney appealed the penalties to the Supreme Court, who accepted the appeal and added one year to Salah al-Din’s sentence and two years to Abu al-Hawe’s sentence in November.

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