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Israeli jailed for stabbing Jew he mistook for Arab

Shlomo Haim Pinto was jailed for 11 year for the October 2015 attack [AFP]

Date of publication: 28 February, 2017

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An Israeli Jew was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday for stabbing another Jew he thought was an Arab in a racially motivated attack, a court said.

An Israeli Jew was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday for stabbing another Jew he thought was an Arab in a racially motivated attack, a court said.

The Haifa District Court ruling said Shlomo Haim Pinto, a 32-year-old resident of Kiryat Ata in northern Israel, had on October 13, 2015 set out to "find and kill an Arab" in revenge for near daily "terror attacks".

Armed with a kitchen knife, a box cutter and a hammer, he stabbed a Jewish supermarket employee, mistakenly thinking he was an Arab.

The assailant, who confessed, entered a plea of insanity which was rejected.

The court convicted him of attempted murder and possession of a weapon with intent to carry out a racist killing.

His victim, who was wounded, will receive 50,000 Israeli shekels ($13,635, 12,800 euros) compensation from Pinto.

Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015, 252 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have died.

The rate of attacks has declined sharply in recent months.

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