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Holocaust Survivor Sentenced to 3 Years For Acid Attack

June 14, 1989

JERUSALEM (AP) _ A court Wednesday sentenced a 71-year-old Holocaust survivor to three years in prison for hurling acid in the face of an Israeli lawyer who represents convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk.

Yisrael Yehezkieli also was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay $11,000 in compensation to victim Yoram Sheftel, said a clerk of the Jerusalem District Court.

Israel radio quoted Yehezkieli as saying after the sentencing that he did not regret the attack and that he would appeal.

Yehezkieli was convicted in March of aggravated assault, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The acid attack occurred during the December 1988 funeral of another Demjanjuk attorney, Dov Eitan, who had committed suicide.

Sheftel suffered eye damage from the acid. As a result, the appeal of Demjanjuk’s conviction and death penalty has been postponed until November.

Demjanjuk, a 69-year-old Ohio autoworker born in the Ukraine, was sentenced to death in April 1988 for crimes against humanity and crimes against the Jewish people.

He was convicted after the court established he was ″Ivan the Terrible,″ a Nazi guard who operated the gas chambers at the Treblinka death camp in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Demjanjuk says he is a victim of mistaken identity.

About 850,000 Jews were killed in Treblinka, including most members of Yehezkieli’s family.

Yehezkieli attended most of the 14-month trial and several times was ordered out of the courtroom for disrupting the proceedings.