BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli Magistrate’s Court in Jerusalem sentenced 22-year-old Abd al-Aziz Hamad Marie to 35 years in prison for allegedly assisting in a deadly stabbing attack in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City last year.
Israeli news site Ynet reported that the indictment against Marie alleged that he bought a knife for Halabi. Marie was also convicted of illegally entering Israel and being in possession of a knife.
Marie will also reportedly be required to pay 258,000 shekels (approximately $67,000) to each family member of the two Israelis killed by Halabi: Aharon Banita, 21, and Nehemia Lavi, 41. The report did not specify how many family members Marie would be required to pay.
Marie’s prison sentence is the latest in an Israeli crackdown on young Palestinian who have been accused of involvement in attacks, while Israeli authorities have ordered lengthy prison sentences for Palestinians as young as 14 years old.
However, witnesses told Ma'an at the time that she had been assaulted by the Israeli settler and did not have any sharp objects on her at the time of the incident.