Settler Extremist, Killer of 5 Palestinians, Guilty
Haaretz reports that the perpetrator of the most recent terrorist attack against Palestinians has been convicted of murder:
The Jerusalem District Court yesterday convicted Asher Weisgan of murdering four Arab workmen and wounding a fifth at a factory in the settlement of Gilo where they all worked, the day before the implementation of the Gaza disengagement plan last August. Weisgan, a settler from Shvut Rachel, said his objective had been to prevent the disengagement from proceeding.
“Even if the accused thought, and we do not believe he thought so, that his actions would be welcome in God’s eyes, they are not worthy in man’s eyes,” wrote judges Orit Efaal-Gabay, Aharon Farkash and Moshe Ravid.
The report unfortunately does not specify what sentence Weisgan received. Israeli courts are notorious for meting out light sentences for Jewish on Arab violence.
I was specially tickled by the defense lawyer’s defense of his client:
His lawyer argued that Weisgan is exempt from criminal culpability because he acted in “necessary defense” – “He wanted to save the people of Israel from expected calamities through the act of murder, and should therefore be acquitted.” The judges rejected the argument.
I’d say it is both the State of Israel and the Palestinians who need a “necessary defense” against bulls(&t like this.