The Beersheba District Court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian who plotted to attack Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border to 10 years in prison.
According to the indictment, in 2006 Gaza resident Muhammad Abu Dahar, along with other al-Aqsa Brigades operatives, planted an explosive device weighing seven or eight kilos (about 15 or 18 pounds) near Gaza's border with Israel. However, the terrorists left the scene without detonating the bomb after failing to spot any IDF vehicles patrolling the border area.
Abu Dahar was also convicted of reporting to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on the movement of IDF forces in the area. According to the prosecution, he had submitted these reports two or three times a day over the course of a number of months in 2002.
Abu Dahar also recruited his nephew to the al-Aqsa Brigades. The nephew drove a suicide bomber to the Kissufim crossing, but the planned attack did not take place.
In his defense, the Palestinian claimed that he had not initiated the terror activity and was selected to assist the terror groups in Gaza due to the fact that he had resided in close proximity to the border with Israel. Abu Dahar claimed he had cooperated with the terror groups for financial reasons.
The Beersheba court said in its ruling, "The culprit's actions are severe, as he took an active part in the efforts of terror groups to harm the State of Israel and its citizens."
Abu Dahar was convicted of disclosing sensitive information to the enemy, conspiracy and of being an accomplice to attempted murder.