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Palestinian resident of Israel gets 25 years for Tel Aviv bus bomb
Published Monday 10/03/2014 (updated) 12/03/2014 12:31
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Mohammed Mafarja, who has been jailed for the 2012
bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv, is seen in court in Tel Aviv on December
19, 2012.(AFP/File Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A Tel Aviv court on Monday handed a Palestinian resident of Israel a 25-year prison term over the 2012 bombing of a bus during a major Israeli campaign in Gaza.

Mohammed Mafarja, 19, was sentenced three months after being convicted on charges of aiding the enemy during war, attempted murder, causing an explosion and wounding 24 people.

A resident of Taibe in central Israel, Mafarja boarded the Tel Aviv bus on Nov. 21, 2012, and placed a bomb inside before getting off, according to the District Court.

Shortly afterwards it was triggered remotely by a cellphone used by his accomplice Ahmed Moussa, a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank.

The two had decided "to carry out an attack to end the war in Gaza," which began when Israel killed Hamas military commander Ahmed Jaabari on Nov. 14, 2012, the court said in Monday's sentencing.

The Gaza conflict ended several hours after the explosion with an Egyptian-brokered truce, in a development unrelated to the attack.

The explosion left two people in moderate-to-serious condition, while another eight people were lightly wounded and 14 more suffered from shock. The blast damaged the bus and vehicles nearby.

The court also mentioned Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Assi who planned the attack. Assi was shot dead during an Israeli attempt to arrest him near the West Bank city of Ramallah in Oct. 2013.

Moussa's trial, which is being heard in a military court, is ongoing.

In November 2012, Israel launched a major assault on Gaza killing around 170 Palestinians in an 8-day-period. Six Israelis also died in the conflict.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/03/2014 20:17
'...Assi was shot dead during an Israeli attempt to arrest him near the West Bank city of Ramallah in Oct. 2013.' Given the contents of the Kamm documents, it would probably be more accurate to say 'Assi was shot dead during an Israeli attempt to shoot him dead.'

2 ) Arnold / Canada
10/03/2014 20:56
What a waste of a life. At least if he was killed he would be a martyr. Right now this young guy has a miserable road ahead of him.

3 ) Outlier / USA
10/03/2014 21:54
The world will be very different when he gets out, but the neighborhood may look much the same. I wonder, will Palestinians gain the pragmatism by then achieve peace with Israel? Or will their current "pie in the sky" dreams cause them to be in the same position as now?

4 ) Ken Bradley / Canada
11/03/2014 05:44
A Palestinian gets 25 years for the defense of 170 others murdered who's families have no justice in sight, and this conviction and sentence just reinforces the latter.

5 ) M / M
11/03/2014 23:36
He was a citizen, not a "resident"

6 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
12/03/2014 02:32
To Ken@#4: Even Gazans claim 84 civilians killed and you imagine 170? Fact is, a sovereign military responding to thousanda or rockets, missiles and mortar shells launched at its civilians has every right to attack. Evven if your "170" were 1,700 it would indicate professionalism and care seeing as how the 1.6 million living in Gaza are in one of the most densely populated locales on earth, and that terrorists hide within and operate amongst them.Bombing a city bus isnt "defending," its murder.
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