The Arab terrorist who stabbed to death two Israelis in November last year received two life sentences Monday from the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, while second Arab terrorist, who attempted to stab to death a man outside the Ofer shopping mall in Petah Tikva was sentenced to 16.5 years.
Raed Khalil, a 36-year-old Arab from Dura, stabbed Aharon Yisayev, 32, and Reuven Aviram, 51 to death at the Panorama building on November 19 last year.
Khalil took a 23cm-long knife from a kebab restaurant nearby and from there went to carry out the murderous attack.
After taking the knife from the restaurant, which he put in his coat pocket, Khalil went up to the second floor of the Panorama building looking for Jews. On exiting the lift he saw Aviram and attacked him, stabbing him several times. Managing to escape to a synagogue, Aviram, screamed “terrorist” before collapsing and ultimately succumbing to his wounds. His second victim, Yisayev, was stabbed nine times.
Earlier in the day another terrorist was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 16.5 years in prison for carrying out a stabbing attack in which one man was wounded in October 2015 outside the Ofer shopping mall in Petah Tikva.
The terrorist, 25, was sentenced by the Lod Magistrate’s Court which also ordered him to pay 100,000 shekels in compensation to his victim.
The convicted terrorist, from the city of ad-Dhahiriyain Hevron, was indicted last March after admitting his guilt as part of a plea bargain in which the state requested that he be sentenced to 17 years in prison and be ordered to pay a financial penalty.
Commenting on the sentence, the state prosecutor said: “During the wave of terror stabbing attacks in the latter half of 2015, the indicted individual carried out a stabbing attack in Petah Tikva out of a desire to harm Jews because they are Jews.”
The terrorists actions were carried out in an extremely violent and cruel fashion, the prosecutor continued, “using a weapon motivated by nationalism and racism. Only because of the fight put up by the victim and the actions of those passing by did the attack not result in death.”