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Young Immigrant Who Tossed Bomb into Knesset Sentenced to is Years

August 8, 1958
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Moshe Douek, the young Iraqi immigrant, who tossed a bomb into the Knesset last October, turning the Cabinet table into a shambles and injuring several Ministers, was today sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment. The judgment was deferred a week to provide Douek, who defended himself throughout his trial, to present medical evidence supporting his contention that he was mentally irresponsible at the time of the bombing.

The home-made hand grenade rolled under a bench which partly absorbed the blast. Premier David Ben Gurion, Foreign Minister Golda Meir, Minister of Religion Moshe Shapira (since resigned) and Minister of Communications Moshe Carmel, were hit. Mr. Shapira was in the hospital for many weeks as a result of his injuries.

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