Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hamas bomb mastermind gets 35 life terms


An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian terror group commander to 35 consecutive life sentences for two suicude bombings.

The Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday sentenced Abbas el-Sayid, the mastermind of the 2002 bombing of Netanya's Park Hotel, to 35 consecutive life sentences for the murder of 30 victims in that attack and five more in a 2001 suicide bombing at the Sharon Mall in the same city.
The attack was one of the worst during the Second Palestinian Intifada. Its victims were killed while celebrating the Passsover Seder night service in the hotel.

A panel of three judges also sentenced el-Sayid to 50 more years for attempted murder and causing severe injury to other victims of the attacks, and for belonging to a terrorist organization. He was the head of Hamas in Tulkarm on the West Bank, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Dalia Selistian, 51, who lost her parents in the Park Hotel explosion, told The Jerusalem Post she hoped el-Sayid "would be tormented like we are. I was left to survive and suffer alone." Selistian said that the suicide bomber who carried out the attack at el_Sayid's orders stood directly behind her parents, Michael and Devora Krim, when he blew himself up.

The judges wrote that "considering the gravity of the actions, their circumstances, cruelty and harsh results, we found no special reasons to justify allowing the defendant to serve all his sentences simultaneously."