Thursday, November 24, 2011

Update: Palestinians Who Killed American Tourist, Israeli Get Three Life Sentences

As a follow-up to my September 25 posting, "Update: Palestinian Found Guilty in Murders of US Tourist Kristine Luken and Israeli Netta Sorek," the Jerusalem District Court earlier today (November 24) sentenced two suspects in the murder of Kristine Luken, an American tourist who was stabbed to death in the Jerusalem hills, to a total of three life terms.

The first defendant, Kifah Ghanimat, was given two life sentences, and an additional sixty years in prison. The second, Ibrahim Ghanimat, was given one life sentence and an additional sixteen years in prison. The former is considered to be the head of a Palestinian cell that was linked to the murders.

Ghanimat was given two life sentences because he was also convicted of an additional murder of Netta Blatt-Sorek, 53, a resident of Zichron Ya'akov, which took place a year ago. He was also convicted of a series of other crimes, including theft of weapons, selling weapons, four counts of attempted murder and rape.

COMMENT: In January, the Jerusalem District Police released details regarding its investigation into the cell of Palestinian militants suspected of being behind the stabbing of Luken and her friend, Kaye Wilson, in the Jerusalem hills in December 2010. Wilson, managed to flee the attackers with serious wounds.

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