West Bank settler avoids jail for shooting Palestinian after plea deal
A West Bank settler who shot and injured a Palestinian will remain out of jail, according to a plea bargain with the prosecution.
Eitan Ze’ev was sentenced to six months of community service and will pay his victim compensation of 80,000 shekels, both sides agreed.
According to an indictment filed in September 2020, Ze’ev was charged with causing grievous bodily harm after shooting a Palestinian during a clash between settlers and Palestinian farmers. The man was injured and taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to treat injuries to his leg and upper body.
Following the plea bargain, the charges were amended to state that Ze’ev intended to fire a warning shot near the ear of one of the Palestinians, but the bullet injured a man standing behind him .
Settler officials said the altercation occurred when dozens of Palestinians carrying clubs and iron bars clashed with a number of settlers working on land they claimed ownership of.
The Palestinians said the settlers accosted Palestinian farmers near the settlement of Dolev, and when others from a nearby village arrived on the scene, the Ze’evs opened fire and injured two of the Palestinians.
Lawyers for the defendant said they were pleased with the results of the plea deal which they said showed the prosecution’s difficulty in providing evidence of wrongdoing on the part of their client.