Two life terms for Palestinian stone-thrower who killed 2
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Two life terms for Palestinian stone-thrower who killed 2

Wa'al al-Araji hurled a rock at an Israeli car, causing it to crash and killing the driver and his infant son in 2011

Rescue personnel at the scene where Asher Palmer and his son were killed by rocks thrown at their vehicle on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Friday, September 23, 2011. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)
Rescue personnel at the scene where Asher Palmer and his son were killed by rocks thrown at their vehicle on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Friday, September 23, 2011. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

In an unprecedented ruling, a military court on Wednesday sentenced a Palestinian man to two life terms plus 58 years for the murder of two Israelis in a stone-throwing incident in 2011.

The court at Ofer military prison earlier this month found Wa’al al-Araji, 25, from Halhul, to be directly responsible for the deaths of Asher Palmer and his 1-year-old son Yehonatan.

Palmer was driving from his home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba toward Jerusalem when Araji and accomplices drove towards them in the opposite direction. As the two cars passed each other, Araji hurled a rock that smashed through the windshield, knocking Palmer unconscious. The car swerved off the road, killing its occupants.

The decision was unusual in that the Military Advocate generally does not seek a murder charge against stone-throwing Palestinians, even when their actions cause fatalities. However, the panel of three judges said that, in this particular case, there could be no doubt that the accused intended to kill and had perpetrated similar — although less deadly — attacks in the past.

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