Ofer - Conspiracy to Kill, Holding and trading of combat materiel
Translation: Marganit W.
Courtroom 4 – Justice Etty Adar
The stench from the sewer is still there, and the crowdedness in the waiting yard is worse than usual.
There are 4 cases in the docket involving leaving the area without permit, 5 trading in military materiel, 6 throwing rocks and firebombs and 3 for services rendered to unlawful organizations.
Atty. Tawil represented a grown up man who was already sitting in the court when his mother and wife walked in. The old mother tried to approach her son, but a guard blocked her way. The attorney appealed to the judge to allow the son to kiss his mother’s hand (gesturing kissing a hand). The judge referred him to the security guard, but it was all in vain. Consider the difference between Ofer and the military court in Jaffa where Elor Azaria (who shot a mortally wounded man in Hebron), where Elor’s mother sits with him, hugging and kissing him and nobody seems to mind.
Muhammad Walid Ahmad Sarhan – ID 859692543
Charge: conspiracy to commit murder.
Defense: Fadi Qawasme
Muhammad is charged with two counts: first, that in 2013 he – and a friend- found a rusty gun in a cave near his house and he gave it to his brother.
The second charge: in October 2013 he recruited a friend for a suicide mission. He told the friend he wanted to stab a soldier, then received ‘equipment’ to make contact with a Hamas operative in Gaza – all this under instructions from Hamas in Gaza. He then built a bomb lab in Abu Dis, prepared a suicide vest and recruited a few more people. He received payment for all this (presumably from the same Hamas operatives).
He admits the charges and there is a plea bargain in place.
The defense adds that apart from agreeing to do all those things, the defendant did not do anything.
Decision: Had the plan been implemented there would have been serious consequences to human lives. (Our readers will notice that “human lives” refers to Jews only). But there were no steps taken to carry out the plan.
Sentence: 24 months in prison starting with the day of arrest, 18-months suspended sentence for 15 months and a 4000-shekel fine (or 4 months in prison).