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Zafri’s Brilliant Act Mobile Theft Punishment, Couldn’t Control Their Laugh

Zafri’s Brilliant Act Mobile Theft Punishment, Couldn’t Control Their Laugh

Stealing cell phones should carry harsher penalties than other kinds of property theft, a ruling by the Supreme Court indicated Thursday. The court upheld a lower court’s three-year sentence for a phone thief, and explained that stealing mobile phones was more intimate and damaging than the theft of other items.

Zafri’s Brilliant Act Mobile Theft Punishment, Couldn’t Control Their Laugh

According to Justice Yitzhak Amit, theft of a smartphone, which has become an indispensable part of life to many Israelis, is more damaging to victims than other types of larceny. “Cell phones today hold people’s life story — containing moments and significant memories from their lives, alongside information essential to their day-to-day functioning,” Amit wrote.

He noted that the recovery of photos, addresses, telephone numbers, calendars and notes were costly and time-consuming processes. “The stealing of a cell phone may cause the victim stress and anxiety,” he added. Amit added that cell phone thievery constituted a severe violation of a person’s privacy, a phone being “a safe of sorts that contains photos — often sensitive ones — (as well as) personal correspondence and personal, even secret information.”

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