Updated: Jan 20, 2022
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Thursday, December 16, 2021, 9:53 One of the victims of a May 13 shooting (see video clip below) on Exodus Street in Lod during severe Arab rioting at the time of Operation Guardian of the Walls, a yeshiva student who came to the city to assist the residents by serving as an MDA medic, is demanding that the shooters be charged with attempted murder. The student, who rescued and treated several victims before he himself was shot in the leg, was in rehabilitation for many months and forced to walk on crutches. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher sent a letter to Central District Attorney Rachel Arbisher-Abels on behalf of the student, requesting that the indictment of the shooters be amended. The letter is summarized below:
On 2.12.21, the two suspects of the shooting, Eid Hasuna and Amsalem Hasuna, were indicted. To the shock of my client, they were not indicted with attempted murder. Eyewitness testimonies, a video clip documenting the incident, and also the confessions of the defendants detailed in the bill of indictment clearly indicate that the defendants directly aimed at my client and his friends and shot at them from a distance of 10-20 meters, as they (the victims) were escaping.
The shooting was neither warning shots nor a threat, but rather a genuine attack, which continued after my client was injured. Careful examination of a video clip shared in social media shows that Molotov cocktails and rocks were also thrown at the victims. Only miraculously did the shooting injure the victim’s leg and not his vital organs. A shooting such as this is attempted murder.
One must not be lenient concerning incidents such as this, and as we saw during the rioting, terrorists intended to murder and unfortunately succeeded in three incidents to murder three Jews. Charging a terrorist who carried out a shooting attack such as this with only ‘shooting a firearm’ and ‘aggravated assault’ does not penalize the terrorists to the full extent of the law, does not reflect the severity of the act, and is liable to send a message to potential terrorists that their actions will be received with leniency.
In conclusion, Bleicher demanded that the bill of indictment be amended from aggravated assault to attempted murder.
The shooting; Video credit: Amar Assadi on Telegram