Yeshiva Student Who Assaulted Rebel Ashkenazi Haredi Faction’s Newspaper Editor Gets Light Sentence, No Effective Prison Time
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
In Israel, Jewish blood is cheap – especially, it seems, if that blood belongs to a prominent haredi journalist and it is spilled by a haredi yeshiva student.
Earlier today, an unmarried 23-year-old haredi yeshiva student with British citizenship, identified publicly only by his initials, was sentenced to 100 days in prison for assaulting Nati Grossman, the founder and editor-in-chief of the rebel Ashkenazi haredi faction’s newspaper, HaPeles, Yeshiva World reported. But those 100 days in the slammer were offset by time already served, and C.P. walked free.
He is obligated to do community service and will have to pay Grossman $2,117 in reparations. C.P. was also given three years probation, and if he is arrested and convicted of another assault during this time period, he will reportedly have to serve a minimum of eight months in prison for the Grossman assault.
On December 21, 2012 C.P., who was studying at the haredi flagship Ponevezh Yeshiva in Beni Brak, laid in wait for Grossman and then ambushed him and assaulted him as the unsuspecting Grossman entered his home in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.
C.P. admitted committing the assault and pleaded guilty.
The court found that C.P. only intended to scare Grossman, not physically assault him. But the confrontation C.P. initiated escalated and C.P. physically assaulted Grossman.
C.P. was also reportedly involved in a serious car accident that led to long-term rehabilitation. That accident and its aftereffects led to a serious depression and, eventually, psychiatric care.
The court reportedly took all of those factors into consideration when it issued its sentence.