JERUSALEM: An Israeli Jew was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday for stabbing another Jew he thought was an Arab in a racially motivated attack, a court said.
The Haifa District Court ruling said Shlomo Haim Pinto, a 32-year-old resident of Kiryat Ata in northern Israel, had on October 13, 2015 set out to “find and kill an Arab” in revenge for nearly daily “terror attacks”.
Armed with a kitchen knife, a box cutter and a hammer, he stabbed a Jewish supermarket employee, mistakenly thinking he was an Arab.
The assailant, who confessed, entered a plea of insanity which was rejected.
After stabbing Jew, The court convicted him of attempted murder and possession of a weapon with intent to carry out a racist killing.
His victim, who was wounded, will receive 50,000 Israeli shekels ($13,635, 12,800 euros) compensation from Pinto.
Since a wave of violence broke out in October 2015, 252 Palestinians, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have died. Tel Aviv has claimed that 41 Israelis are also died during last 15months.
Israeli authorities claim that most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks but independent sources close to the situation have different stories. Majority of Palestinians were killed during protests, in clashes or Israeli air raids on Gaza.