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Israel convicts 4 Palestinians in bombing

An Israeli military court on Monday sentenced four Palestinian militants to 29 consecutive life terms each, one for each Israeli killed in last year’s Passover-eve attack in the costal Israeli town of Netanya. The four are members of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and were convicted of providing the suicide bomber various means to slip through Israeli security and carry out the bombing. That attack, the deadliest in the 30-month Palestinian intifada, or uprising, prompted Israel’s Operation Defensive Shield in which it reoccupied all Palestinian West Bank cities except Jericho. A panel of three judges unanimously convicted the militants of deliberately causing death. Two judges said they did not consider a death sentence because the prosecution did not request it, but noted: “If this case doesn’t justify (it) … what does?” in a statement. The Samaria Military Court described the Hamas militants’ detailed preparations that culminated with the attack on March 27, 2002, in the glittering dining hall of the seaside Park Hotel. Hundreds of guests had gathered in the northern town for Judaism’s most festive family event of the year. Full Story

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