Muslim terrorists who murdered Danny Gonen get 21 and 17 years in prison as part of a plea bargain
A military court sentenced two Muslim terrorists to 21 years and 17 years in prison for their involvement in the terror attack in which Danny Gonen was murdered in June 2015.
The two terrorists were convicted as part of a plea bargain for the offenses of intentionally causing death, intentional manslaughter, assistance and attempted murder, and other terror offenses.
Danny Gonen, a 25-year-old resident of Lod, was shot dead by Muslim terrorist Mohammed Abu-Shahin after he and his friend returned from a visit to the Ein Buvin spring, near Dolev in the Binyamin area.
Four other Muslim terrorists collaborated in the terror attack. One of those involved in the murder previously was among the 1,027 terrorists released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal.
In September 2015, the IDF demolished the home in Qalandiya of Mohammed Abu Shahin, the terrorist who murdered Danny Gonen.
Abu-Shahin was indicted for shooting Danny Gonen to death and wounding his friend Netanel Hadad.
According to the indictment, he was a part of a cell with three other Muslim terrorists who planned the attack for several weeks, scouted the area for weeks, and waited for the right time to act.
The indictment revealed that the members of the cell arrived at the Ein Buvin spring, where the murder took place, several times in the month prior to the attack with an FN semi-automatic 9mm handgun, and followed the comings and goings of those who came to bathe in the stream, using binoculars.
In one instance, they came near a group of armed soldiers who came to bathe in the stream in civilian clothes, but decided not to shoot at them because they were outnumbered. In another instance, the cell members stopped a vehicle and intended to kill its passengers, but stopped when they realized they were Arabic speakers.
On June 19, Friday afternoon, Abu-Shahin headed to the stream without the other cell members and scouted the area for an hour until Gonen and Hadad arrived. When they got closer to him on the dirt road near the stream, he cocked his weapon and hid it, according to the indictment.
He indicated to Gonen, the driver, that he wanted them to stop and asked him if he knew whether there was water in the stream. Gonen responded in Hebrew, and drove on.
Then, according to the indictment, the terrorist called out “listen!” in Arabic and Gonen stopped again. Abu-Shahin walked towards the car and fired two bullets from half a meter away at Gonen’s upper body.
Abu-Shahin then moved to the front of the car and fired eight additional bullets that wounded Hadad.
He then escaped in his car to Qalandiya, met with his terror cell friends, and told them he had murdered a Jew. According to the indictment, the other members of the cell were angry that he did so without them.
The charges against the cell members also include several cases of shooting at soldiers in Qalandiya and planning to kidnap an Israeli soldier.