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Palestinian sentenced to 12 years in prison over 2016 Tel Aviv stabbing attack

July 3, 2017 6:53 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2017 7:44 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday for stabbing and injuring an Israeli soldier in 2016, Israeli media reported.

On May 30, 2016, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the Salfit district of the occupied West Bank stabbed and lightly injured a soldier in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv with a screwdriver, and attempted to flee the scene, before being chased and apprehended by witnesses who handed him over to Israeli police.

According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, Amar Jandab -- whom locals had identified to Ma’an at the time as Omar al-Abbushi -- was also ordered to pay 40,000 shekels ($11,410) in compensation to the victim of the attack after being convicted of attempted murder.

Ynet reported that the soldier’s parents were “angered” by the verdict, deeming it insufficient, adding that they were planning on appealing.

Meanwhile, al-Abbushi’s lawyer told Ynet that the young Palestinian man had carried out the attack in an attempt to be killed by Israeli forces, following the death of his best friend in a car accident.

Israeli authorities have handed down a number of lengthy sentences in recent months to Palestinians for alleged involvement in or planning of attacks against Israelis, more than a year after a wave of political unrest, which spread across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, began in October 2015.
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