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The killer of minister Rehavam Ze'evi was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for the murder. He was also sentenced by the Jerusalem District Court to 100 more years for five other convictions, including attempted murder and attempts to carry out terrorist attacks.

Explaining their decision in the sentencing of Hamdi Kura'an, the judges wrote that "the murder of a minister is not just the murder of an individual, but a blow to the symbols of the state and a blow to its sovereignty."

Ze'evi was murdered on October 17, 2001, at the Hayat Hotel in Jerusalem, while serving as tourism minister.

Kura'an, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and other suspects fled to the Palestinian Authority and was held in the custody of international monitors, in the Jericho prison.

In March 2006, the international monitoring structure collapsed and Israel carried out an operation which brought into its custody the suspects in Ze'evi's murder.

According to the sentence, Kura'an joined the PFLP with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel. In addition to Ze'evi's murder, he carried out a series of other attacks against Israelis, including shootings against Israeli vehicles, and attempted car bombings in Jerusalem, Yehud and Or Yehuda.