French-Israeli charged with 'hate' murder

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

JERUSALEM, May 28, 2007 (AFP) - A Tel Aviv court on Monday charged a French-Israeli man with the murder of a Palestinian taxi driver on May 14, in what was branded a "hate crime," court sources said.

JERUSALEM, May 28, 2007 (AFP) - A Tel Aviv court on Monday charged a French-Israeli man with the murder of a Palestinian taxi driver on May 14, in what was branded a "hate crime," court sources said.

Julien Soufir, 25, is accused of stabbing victim Tayssir Kariki 24 times in the neck.

The 35-year-old father of five was a resident of annexed east Jerusalem and had an Israeli identity card. He was reportedly lured from Jerusalem to the suspect's Tel Aviv apartment.

"I felt nothing... It was like killing an animal. Arabs are like animals, they have no soul," Soufir reportedly told police. "I decided to kill an Arab because he was Arab."

Soufir's lawyer has said his client was mentally unfit to face trial.


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