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Sarona Market terrorists get 4 life sentences each
Each of terrorists—two shooters and their accomplice—get 4 life sentences for each of their 4 victims and an additional 60 years for opening fire at Max Brenner cafe in Tel Aviv in 2016; in separate sentencing, terrorist who attacked guard with ax in Ma’ale Adumim gets 30 years.
Three terrorists who were convicted of the murder of four Israelis in a shooting attack at the Sarona Market in June 2016 were given four life sentences and an additional 60 years each on Wednesday.

 

 

Last month, Mohammad Mahmara, Ayash Musa Zayn and Khaled Mahmara were convicted on four counts of murder and 41 counts of attempted murder.

 

Two of the terrorists from the attack in the Max Brenner cafe in Tel Aviv's popular market, cousins Mohammad Mahmara and Khaled Mahmara, opened fire using makeshift Carl Gustav rifles.

 

The terrorists, l-r: Mohammad Mahmara, Ayash Musa Zayn and Khaled Mahmara (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The terrorists, l-r: Mohammad Mahmara, Ayash Musa Zayn and Khaled Mahmara (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

In a separate sentencing the same day, the Ofer District Court handed down a 30-year prison term to Saadi Ali Abu Hamed from the village al-Eizariya, who in February 2016 brutally attacked with an ax and critically wounded 48-year-old Tzvika Cohen, an unarmed security guard in a Ma’ale Adumim shopping mall. 

  

Ayash Musa Zayn, a friend of the 21-year-old cousins from Yatta, was supposed to join them, but the two eventually stopped him from carrying out the attack because he had financial debts, which according to Muslim faith prevents one from becoming a martyr.

 

Tzvika Cohen (Photo: Eli Dasa)
Tzvika Cohen (Photo: Eli Dasa)

 

The judge also ordered the terrorists to pay NIS 258,000 in compensation to each of the victims’ families.

 

Additionally, each victim who was seriously wounded in the attack will be paid by the terrorists NIS 200,000, while each person the terrorists attempted to murder will receive NIS 20,000 from the terrorists. 

 

Three Israelis were killed in the shooting itself: Ido Ben-Ari, 42, from Ramat Gan; Dr. Michael Feige, 58 from Midreshet Ben-Gurion; and Mila Mishayev, 32, from Rishon LeZion.

 

The four victims, l-r: Ilana Nave, Dr. Michael Feige, Mila Mishayev and Ido Ben-Ari (Photos: Ben-Gurion University, Danny Machlis)
The four victims, l-r: Ilana Nave, Dr. Michael Feige, Mila Mishayev and Ido Ben-Ari (Photos: Ben-Gurion University, Danny Machlis)

 

Ilana Nave, 39, from Tel Aviv, fled the scene of the attack when the shooting began, fell and lost consciousness. She was later declared dead at a Tel Aviv hospital. The Tel Aviv District Court determined the defendants were responsible for Nave's death as well.

 

Condemning the Tel Aviv terrorists to their imprisonment, Judge Sara Dotan described the moments when the terrorists indiscriminately sprayed the area with bullets.

 

“The defendants owe for the many damages caused to the victims of the offenses and their families,” she said. “The ideology behind their attack cannot be ignored.

 

Attorney Tammy Anis, from the District Attorney’s Office, noted that under the terms of the sentencing, the terrorists would not be able to be released under any future prisoner exchange deal.

 

“I hope that the punishment given today will bring a little relief to the families of the murdered and wounded victims.”

 

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