Palestinian convicted of killing IDF soldier with stone slab last year
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Palestinian convicted of killing IDF soldier with stone slab last year

Islam Yusef Abu Hamid found guilty on charges of murdering Ronen Lubarsky; suspect’s family home was demolished by IDF in December

Ronen Lubarsky, an IDF soldier from the Duvdevan unit who died on May 26, 2018, after being critically injured by a slab thrown down on his head two days earlier (Courtesy)
Ronen Lubarsky, an IDF soldier from the Duvdevan unit who died on May 26, 2018, after being critically injured by a slab thrown down on his head two days earlier (Courtesy)

An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted a Palestinian of murdering an Israeli soldier in the West Bank last year, the army said.

“The military court in Judea (the West Bank) convicted the terrorist Islam Yusef Abu Hamid on charges of murdering soldier Ronen Lubarsky,” the army said in a statement.

Lubarsky, a special forces member, was struck in the head by a stone, during an arrest operation in the West Bank, on May 24, 2018.

The 20-year-old Israeli sergeant died of his injuries two days later.

Palestinian sources said the stone had been thrown at him during an operation to arrest Palestinians in the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah.

The camp, which is home to about 15,000 Palestinians, is often the scene of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

According to Israeli media reports, the object that struck him was a block of granite dropped from a window on the third floor of a building.

The sentence has yet to be announced for the Palestinian, found guilty on Sunday.

The Israeli army already destroyed the family home of Abu Hamid in Ramallah on December 15.

Israel has a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians it says are behind deadly attacks against Israelis, saying it acts as a deterrent. Critics denounce it as a form of collective punishment that makes families homeless and can provoke further violence.

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