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Nine months in prison for Israeli who praised Oct. 7 attack

The kindergarten assistant wrote on Instagram on the day of the attack that "there is nothing more beautiful than waking up to the news of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Envelope."

Hamas terrorists who were caught during the Oct. 7 massacre and during the ISrael Defense Forces operation in the Gaza Strip, at a courtyard in a prison in southern Israel, Feb. 14, 2024. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.
Hamas terrorists who were caught during the Oct. 7 massacre and during the ISrael Defense Forces operation in the Gaza Strip, at a courtyard in a prison in southern Israel, Feb. 14, 2024. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90.

An Israeli kindergarten assistant who praised the Hamas-led Oct. 7 massacre was sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday.

Haj Yahya, 24, from the Arab city of Tayibe in central Israel, also received an additional seven months’ probation and a 5,000 shekels ($1,356) fine from the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court as part of a plea bargain.

The sentence comes after Yahya published an Instagram post on Oct. 7 praising the terrorist group and the attack to her 9,200 followers.

She wrote the inciting post while working as an aide at a kindergarten in Hod Hasharon.

According to the indictment filed by Attorney Roy Reis from the Central District Attorney’s Office, Yahya wrote, among other things, that “there is nothing more beautiful than waking up to the news of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Envelope and to the terror and fear of the Zionists from the missiles that fall on their heads. God, give victory to your servants in Gaza and Palestine and to all those who raised your flag, and be a help to them against the enemies of religion.”

Yahya confessed and was convicted of incitement to terrorism and identification with a terrorist organization.

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