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Rabbinic court bomber, who sought to separate religion and state, gets 3 years

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A man was sentenced to three years in prison for carrying out a series of arson bombings of religious courts that were motivated by his desire to see a separation of religion and state in Israel.

The Lod District Court on Tuesday also ordered Zion Cohen, 69, to pay a NIS 10,000 ($3,110) fine.

Cohen confessed that he carried out the attacks with the aim of preventing the provision of religious services to the secular public in order to further his goal of separating religion and state.

Court papers showed that Cohen became enraged against the religious establishment after learning that two women he was acquainted with alleged they were sexually assaulted by men from the religious community. His anger was stoked further after he read on social media about the influence of religious courts on the lives of secular Israelis.

Presiding judge Ami Kobo noted that Cohen only showed........

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