Yehuda Guetta

Palestinian-American gets 2 life terms for Israeli teen's murder

Military court also orders Montasser Shalabi to pay $484,000 compensation to 19-year-old Yehuda Guetta's family, as well as over $300,000 to families of two other students hurt in attack at West Bank junction last year

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Published: 01.05.22, 14:00
An Israeli military court Wednesday sentenced a Palestinian man with U.S. citizenship to two life terms and $1.7 million in penalties for the murder of a Jewish student in the West Bank last year.
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  • "The defendant will serve a total of two life sentences for this case," the three-judge panel of the military court ruled.
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    יהודה גואטה
    Yehuda Guetta
    (Photo: Courtesy of the family)
    Montasser Shalabi, 44, was convicted last August of "intentional manslaughter — equivalent to the offense of murder" after he opened fire at passengers waiting at a bus stop at Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank in May 2021.
    The attack killed Yehuda Guetta, 19, a student at a religious seminary in the settlement of Itamar, and wounded two of his friends.
    The military court ruled that Shalabi should also pay the equivalent of $484,000 to Guetta's family, $323,000 to a student left paralyzed by his shooting injuries, and about $6,500 to another student lightly injured in the attack.
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    גזר דין למונתסר שלבי שרצח את יהודה גואטה ז"ל בפיגוע בצומת תפול
    גזר דין למונתסר שלבי שרצח את יהודה גואטה ז"ל בפיגוע בצומת תפול
    Montasser Shalabi
    (Photo: Rafi Kutz)
    In July, the army demolished Shalabi's house in Turmus Ayya village, northeast of Ramallah in the West Bank, a move denounced by Washington.
    In addition, five other people were indicted in the summer for obstruction of justice by giving Shalabi a place to hide during the initial manhunt when he managed to avoid arrest.
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