East Jerusalem Palestinian Sentenced to Life for 2015 Jerusalem Car-ramming Attack

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Khaled Kutina in Jerusalem District Court
Khaled Kutina, center, in Jerusalem District Court for sentencing in the murder of Shalom Sherki, January 30, 2017.Credit: Emil Salman

An East Jerusalem Palestinian who was convicted of carrying out a car-ramming attack in 2015 and killing an Israeli and wounding another was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus an additional 20 years.

Khaled Kutina was convicted of murdering a 25-year-old Israeli, Shalom Sherki, and injuring a woman by deliberately running them over them with his car at a bus stop in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood in 2015.

The Jerusalem District Court also ordered Kutina to pay monetary damages to Sherki's family. Shira Klein, 20, was seriously injured in the attack.

Shalom Yohai Sherki, who died after being struck by a car in Jerusalem April 15, 2015.Credit: Courtesy the Sherki family

Originally from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah,Kutina had been living in Anata just on the other side of the West Bank security barrier since 2014. According to the indictment, he carried out the attack after being delayed with his parents at the Shoafat checkpoint into Jerusalem.

"The sentence reflects the determined fight by law enforcement authorities against terrorists signaling that anyone seeking to take a life for nationalistic reason will be punished to the full extent and sent beyond bars for many years," said prosecutor Jonathan Avni in response to the sentence, noting that the court had rejected the defendant's request for a more lenient sentence.

On the day of the attack, April 15, 2015, Kutina's parents and siblings visited him at his home. In the evening, he left home in his car to take his parents home when they were forced to wait about an hour and a half at the checkpoint to to delays. According to the indictment, after his parents returned home, he decided to commit the attack and targeted Sherki and Klein because they appeared to be Jewish.

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