Arab Killer in US Prison Wants to be Deported to Israel

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Apparently Israel is a brutal racist and oppressive state. That’s why he would like to serve time in prison there.

An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States who is serving a life sentence for murder has sued the U.S. government in a bid to be deported to Israel.

Elias Abuelazam, 37, a Christian Arab from Ramla, filed a lawsuit earlier this month in a Michigan federal court saying he committed a murder in Israel in 2009, months before he came to Flint, Mich., and stabbed a man to death.

“I have written letters to the Israeli authorities asking them to prepare the necessary warrants and extradition documents to bring me back to Israel where I will stand trial and be sent to prison,” Abuelazam said in the lawsuit, The Associated Press reported.

Abuelazam, who lived in the United States for several years as a child, reportedly was living legally in the United States on a green card obtained when he married a U.S. citizen. He was accused of killing three people in three U.S. states during the summer of 2010, and was arrested on Aug. 1 of that year in Atlanta after boarding a flight to Israel. He claimed that demons told him to commit the attacks, but a jury rejected the insanity plea.

Ed Zeineh, Abuelazam’s attorney, said his client could serve his sentence in Israel if Israel would take him.

“I don’t believe this is a mechanism to get out from a life sentence,” Zeineh told AP. “Abuelazam was and is mentally ill, and I believe the structure of the correctional system in Israel is able to better treat mental illness.”

So an Arab lawyer for an Arab convict is still struggling to get extradited to Israel. It would seem that the Israeli justice system and penal system is preferable to that of Michigan.

Abuelazam is a suspect in a stabbing in Israel and tried to flee there. But it’s doubtful that Israel is going to want him extradited and it certainly couldn’t get him extradited if it did. Since he’s already serving a life sentence in the US, there’s no conceivable reason to bother.

But it’s still another reminder that the “Israel is hell on earth” myth is just that. Abuelazam certainly doesn’t think so.