Arsonist who set fires near Umm al-Fahm claims he is the victim

An Umm al-Fahm resident who is suspected of starting several fires near his home said that he decided to carry out his actions because of the local municipality’s neglect. “I’m the victim of the Umm al-Fahm Municipality,” he said.
Ali Mahajnar Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Ali Mahajnar, a 24-year-old resident of Umm al-Fahm, is one of the suspects in the wave of arson attacks that hit Israel last week. The Israel Police suspects that he set several fires near his home and even announced that an indictment will be filed against him soon. Today (Tuesday), he tried to explain his motives, claiming that he is the victim in the story.

During a court hearing today, Mahajnar blamed his actions on the neglect he suffered at the hands of the local municipality. “I’m the victim of the Umm al-Fahm Municipality that didn’t treat us like it should have,” he said.

“I did what I did because the Umm al-Fahm Municipality doesn’t clean the streets,” the suspect told Channel 2 Online. In the coming days, the prosecution is expected to file an indictment against Mahajnar for arson. At the moment, it does not appear that Mahajnar will be charged with committing a terror attack.

“I don’t know how to explain his actions,” said Mahajnar’s lawyer. “He doesn’t have a criminal record and he doesn’t belong to any organization.”

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