JERUSALEM – An Israeli court has sentenced seven Arabs citizens to prison terms of eight months to two years for their part in the lynching of a soldier who went on a deadly shooting spree in 2005.
A Haifa district court judge said Thursday that despite the soldier's actions, a democracy could not tolerate vigilante justice and rejected an "eye for an eye" defense. Following the verdict, Israeli Arabs hurled stones toward police in protest of what they called unjust punishment.
Eden Natan-Zada was a Jewish extremist who went AWOL from his military unit in 2005 before embarking of a shooting spree on a bus in a northern Arab town. He killed four Arabs before running out of ammunition. An angry mob then beat him to death.