Trial of accused Israeli-Arab lynch mob protested


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Protesters demonstrated outside the trial of seven Arab Israelis who are accused of lynching a Jewish killer.

The trial, which convened Wednesday in Haifa District Court, was delayed until September after defense attorneys requested more time to review the evidence in the case. 

Eden Natan-Zada was beaten to death by a mob in the northern Israeli town of Shfaram in August 2005 after he boarded a bus and murdered four Israeli Arabs without provocation. He was AWOL from the Israeli military.

The seven suspects were charged with attempted murder, assaulting a police officer in aggravated circumstances, hindering a policeman in the performance of his duties and causing riot damage.

Demonstrators outside the courthouse included representatives of all the Arab parties in the Knesset, according to Ha’aretz, as well as local mayors. Some demonstrators waved Palestinian flags.

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