A military court on Wednesday imposed two life terms on Muhammad Alamriya, a terrorist who participated in the murder of Rabbi Michael Mark, Hyd, in July of last year. Rabbi Mark was killed, and three other family members were injured, when the vehicle they were riding in crashed and flipped over after terrorists opened fire on it south of Chevron. Rabbi Mark, the administrator of the Hesder Yeshiva in Otniel, was on his way with his family to spend Shabbos with family members.
Alamriya was part of the gang that killed Rabbi Mark, and drove the vehicle carrying the terror gang. He was arrested after a pitched battle. Killed in that battle was Mahmad Pakia. Both Alamriya and Pakia were in prison in Israel in the past, jailed as members of Islamic Jihad and Hamas, and had been questioned by Israeli authorities previously on security charges.
In a statement, members of the Mark family said that they “thanked the IDF and Shin Bet for working day and night to find the murderers of Rabbi Mark and eliminate them. We were shocked to hear that these Palestinian Authority terrorists were known to authorities, and had been in Israeli prisons and been released. We expect an appropriate reaction to this matter from authorities.”
Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested 23 wanted security suspects in other 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.