US-Born 'Jewish Terrorist' Gets Life Terms in Israel

Jack Tytell convicted of 2 Palestinian murders

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 9, 2013 12:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – An unapologetic Florida-born killer has been sentenced to two life sentences for murdering two Palestinians and attempting to kill others, reports Sky News. Jack Tytell, 40, known as the "Jewish Terrorist" in the Israeli press, shot to death a taxi driver and later a shepherd at point-blank range after moving to Israel from the US in 1997. Years later, he sent pipe bombs to a teenager and a professor at Hebrew University, and attacked a police station during a gay pride parade, reports the Jerusalem Post.

Tytell claimed to be guided by angels, and his lawyers tried to get him a more lenient term with an insanity defense. The court rejected the strategy, however. Among the reasons: Tytell said he considered killing a Palestinian child but decided against it because it was "not the American way," reports the International Business Times. A judged deemed that evidence that Tytell knew right from wrong.

In this 2009 file photo, Ultra-Orthodox West Bank settler Jack Tytell flashes the victory sign inside a court in Petah Tikva, Israel.
In this 2009 file photo, Ultra-Orthodox West Bank settler Jack Tytell flashes the victory sign inside a court in Petah Tikva, Israel.   (AP Photo/Reuven Castro, File)
Jewish-American Jack Teitel, center, gestures to photographers before entering a courtroom in 2009.
Jewish-American Jack Teitel, center, gestures to photographers before entering a courtroom in 2009.   (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
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