Israel jails Jewish extremist who wrote handbook for violence

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An Israeli judge has jailed for two years the Jewish extremist author of an instruction manual for acts of violence against Palestinians, in a case linked to a deadly firebombing, judicial authorities said.

Prosecutors said the digital document entitled “Kingdom of Evil” contained among other things instructions for conducting arson attacks on houses, a transcript released by the Israel Courts Administration said.

“It is in its entirety incitement to criminal activity and clear directions for the commission of violence against the property and persons of the Arab community,” said the judgment, viewed Friday.

Moshe Orbach, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was arrested in July and charged with sedition, possession of material inciting violence and of racist material.

He was convicted on all counts in February.

The prosecution linked the “Kingdom of Evil” document with the July arson attack on a house in the West Bank village of Duma that killed 18-month-old Palestinian Ali Saad Dawabsha and his parents.

Two Israelis have been charged with the firebombing.

“The murder in Duma, carried out days after charges were filed, was carried out in a way similar to that described in the document,” the court transcript quoted the prosecution as saying, without accusing Orbach of direct involvement.

The Duma killings prompted a police crackdown on other Jewish extremists, some of whom are suspected of a string of nationalist hate crimes targeting Palestinians, Christians and even Israeli soldiers.

The prosecution says Orbach’s manifesto, which Haaretz newspaper said was found on a USB drive in his car, called for the establishment of hermetically sealed extremist groups which would be hard for Israeli security services to infiltrate.

“It is a document for conspiracy which calls for setting up small terror cells insulated from one another,” the court document said.

“It is an open call for revolt against the government, acts of murder and violence.”