JERUSALEM (JTA) — An alleged Jewish terrorist will be charged for murdering two Palestinians.
During a hearing Tuesday, a Jerusalem district prosecutor said Yaakov Teitel will be indicted for the two murders later this week. He also will be charged with incitement to racism. unlawful possession of explosives and weapons and sabotage, according to reports.
Teitel, 37, was arrested Oct. 7 in a joint police-Shin Bet operation. Along with allegedly killing the two Palestinians, he also allegedly assembled a package bomb that seriously injured the son of a messianist Jew and set up a pipe bomb near the home of prominent professor Ze’ev Sternhell.
A Florida native, Teitel made aliyah in 2000 and is a resident of the Shvut Rachel outpost in the northern West Bank. He has four young children.
Teitel is reported to have confessed to the two murders. A court-appointed psychiatrist has found Teitel fit to stand trial, according to reports.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Teitel’s attorney said his client is handcuffed to his bed 24 hours a day and not treated the same as other inmates, according to reports.