(JNS.org) Hamas terroristÂ Husam Qawasmeh on Tuesday wasÂ sentenced by an Israeli court to three life sentences in prison for planningÂ the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens–Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel–last June.
The murdered Israeli teensÂ Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel. Credit: IDF.
The abduction in Judea and SamariaÂ was a catalyst for the subsequent summer war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
The three teens were kidnapped during a hitchhiking attempt.Â They were shot to death shortlyÂ after being abducted by the drivers of the vehicle that picked them up, but their bodies were not discovered for 18 days.
QawasmehÂ admitted to planning the attack carried out by Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh. The attack was funded by a $51,000Â transfer from Husam Qawasmeh’s brother, Mahmoud Qawasmeh, a Hamas operative who was released from Israeli prison in the 2011 Gilad Shalit swap deal and deported to the Gaza Strip.
Husam Qawasmeh admitted to purchasing the weapon used in the attack and also to helping bury the bodies of the murdered teens in a field north of Hebron. Additionally, he said he helped remove evidence from the burial site. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison and will be required to pay about $63,000Â to the family of each murdered teen, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
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