Jewish-Arab school arsonist sentenced to jail in Jerusalem

Inside the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School, an Arab-Jewish school that was the subject of an attack, Nov. 30, 2014.(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Inside the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School, an Arab-Jewish school that was the subject of an attack, Nov. 30, 2014.(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – One of the men found guilty in an arson attack on a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem was sentenced to three years in jail.

Yitzhak Gabai, 24, was sentenced Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court. He also was ordered to pay tens of thousands of shekels in compensation to the school. Gabai was convicted in September.

The fire was set in a classroom at the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School on Nov. 29, 2014. “Death to Arabs” and “There is no coexistence with cancer” were among the anti-Arab epithets spray-painted on the walls.

Brothers Nahman and Shalom Twitto, ages 18 and 22, were convicted as part of a plea bargain in April and sentenced to prison terms of 2 and 2 1/2 years, as well as some financial reparations. Gabai refused a plea bargain.

The Twittos and Gabai are active members of Lehava, a far-right organization that tries to prevent marriages and coexistence programs between Jews and Arabs.

The Hand In Hand Jerusalem School is Israel’s largest joint Arab-Jewish school and the only such primary and high school in the city. Five Hand in Hand schools are located throughout the country.

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