Accomplice in 2016 terror attack that killed rabbi gets 2 life terms
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Accomplice in 2016 terror attack that killed rabbi gets 2 life terms

Muhammad al-Amarya confessed to driving vehicle from which a Hamas gunman opened fire on Rabbi Miki Mark’s car near Hebron

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli police look for evidence at the scene where Miki Mark was killed and three members of his family were wounded when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on their car, on July 1, 2016, south of Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
Israeli police look for evidence at the scene where Miki Mark was killed and three members of his family were wounded when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on their car, on July 1, 2016, south of Hebron. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

A Palestinian man who helped carry out a terror attack that killed an Israeli rabbi in the West Bank last year was sentenced on Wednesday to two consecutive life terms by a military court in the West Bank.

Muhammad al-Amarya earlier this year was convicted of murder for his role in the July 1, 2016, drive-by shooting that killed Rabbi Miki Mark, and the attempted murder of his wife and their two young children, who were traveling in the car at the time of the attack.

According to court documents, Amarya confessed to driving shooter Muhammad al-Fakih while he opened fire on the Mark family car on Route 60 outside the West Bank city of Hebron.

He also confessed to plotting at least three other attacks against Israelis in the months preceding the shooting.

The court also ordered Amarya to pay NIS 250,000 ($68,000) in compensation to the Mark family.

Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016 (Courtesy)
Miki Mark, who was murdered in a terror attack near Hebron on July 1, 2016. (Courtesy)

The Marks were traveling close to the settlement of Otniel where they lived. The 48-year-old father of 10 was killed instantly; his wife, Hava, sustained a serious head injury in the attack.

Fakih fled the scene and managed to evade Israeli security forces for several weeks. He was killed nearly a month later in a standoff with Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the village of Surif, north of Hebron.

Troops then arrested Amarya, Fakih’s brother Sahib and cousin Muaz over suspicions the three helped carry out the shooting attack.

According to the army, all three men belonged to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip and has been growing in popularity in the West Bank.

The flashpoint city of Hebron, where Palestinians live in close proximity to settlers who are guarded by Israeli troops, has been the scene of numerous stabbings and attempted stabbings since a wave of attacks carried out by Palestinians began in October 2015.

Israeli security officials have noted a marked drop in attacks in the last several months, though sporadic incidents have persisted.

In a separate court case on Wednesday, the Haifa District Court sentenced two Arab Israelis from the northern town of Jadeidi-Makr to multiple-year jail terms for plotting stabbing attacks against Jewish civilians and soldiers.

Ali Subah was convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime and seeking to cause injury with grave intent. He was sentenced to 54 months in prison.

Ibrahim Shami was convicted of conspiracy to commit a crime, seeking to cause injury with grave intent, and weapons offenses. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison.

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