JERUSALEM (Jul. 17)
The sentences imposed on two Israelis who confessed to acts of violence against Arabs or complicity in such acts, were too light considering the gravity of their offenses, according to appeals lodged with the Supreme Court by the State Prosecutor Tuesday.
Noam Yinnon, a resident of the Golan Heights, confessed last month to transporting 50 land mines for use by a Jewish terrorist underground in the manufacture of bombs that were planted in five Arab-owned buses in East Jerusalem last April 27. Yinnon, who claimed he did not know how the mines were to be used, was given a three year jail term, half of it suspended.
The prosecution contends that he was in fact aware of the consequences of his crime. It is also contesting the four year sentence — half of it suspended — imposed on Levy Hazan, one of three men convicted of sabotage against Arab vehicles and houses in East Jerusalem. Hazan was also convicted of planning an attack on an Arab bus near Ramallah last March.