Israel jails Palestinian for life over West Bank murder

Monday 5 Jun 2023

An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced a Palestinian to life in prison for the 2015 killing of an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank, the occupation army said Monday.

Israeli soldiers stand by a gate at a checkpoint near the former Israeli settler outpost of Homesh in the occupied West Bank on May 29, 2023. AFP


The Israeli military court sentenced Moath Hamed, 39, to two life sentences for the attack, which he admitted to carrying out on behalf of the Palestinian movement Hamas, the army said.

On June 29, 2015 Hamed fired at a vehicle, killing Malachi Rosenfeld, 25, who was returning from a basketball game near Shilo, an illegal settlement in the West Bank.

Three other Israelis were also injured in the attack.

In July 2015, Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said it had arrested seven Palestinians in connection with the attack.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club said Hamed had been arrested by Israeli forces in April 2022 after being "pursued by the occupation Israel for seven years".

Cases involving events in the West Bank are tried by Israeli military tribunals.

Nearly three million Palestinians live in the West Bank, as do around 490,000 Israelis in settlements that are considered illegal under international law.

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