Rosh HaAyin Stabber, Har HaBayis Preacher Sent to Prison

YERUSHALAYIM -
Security personnel at the scene of the stabbing attack in Rosh HaAyin, April 3, 2016. (Hachadashot Hachamot)

A female terrorist from the Arab town of Kafr Kassem has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, after closing a plea deal on charges of attempted murder. The incident took place in the Rosh HaAyin industrial zone, which lies just a few hundred meters away from Kafr Kassem.

The incident took place last April. The terrorist stabbed a 30-year-old Israeli woman and moderately wounded her. Under questioning, she admitted that she had tried to kill the woman, and was planning to kill other people.

As the terrorist could have been sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison, the plea deal significantly reduces the amount of time the terrorist will have to spend in prison, legal sources said.

Meanwhile, a Yerushalayim court affirmed a 14-year prison sentence, the maximum punishment, for an Arab preacher who was convicted of incitement to violence against Jews and Israelis. The preacher, Omar Abu Sara, was convicted last March of calling on a crowd at Har HaBayis to “slaughter the Jews. The time is here, and we can do it. We will not reserve a morsel of mercy for you, we will kill and slaughter without a second thought,” he said in his sermon.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested 7 wanted security suspects in areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.