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Settler Convicted of Retaliating for Stoning Incident in West Bank

A Jewish settler who stoned an Arab car was sentenced to four months of public service and fined $500 by a Jerusalem district court Wednesday.

Dina Ben-Har of Kiryat Arba, the Jewish settlement adjoining the West Bank Arab city of Hebron, drew an additional six-month suspended sentence after she admitted the charge in a plea bargain.

The incident occurred six months ago, when the bus on which Ben-Har was returning from Jerusalem came under a hail of stones near E1-Arub refugee camp.

No one was hurt, but the windshield was broken and the driver and several passengers, including Ben-Har, tried unsuccessfully to apprehend the attackers.

When Ben-Har saw a car with blue license plates, indicating Arab ownership, she picked up a rock and hurled it at the vehicle.

Ben-Har said she was trying to vent her anger and frustration over an earlier incident, when a boy traveling with her son was injured by a stone.