Palestinian Gets Life in Prison for Fatal Drive-by Shooting of Israeli in West Bank

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Scene of the shooting where Malachi Rosenfeld (pictured in upper left corner) was killed, near Shevut Rahel in the West Bank.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

An Israeli military court in the West Bank has sentenced a Palestinian man, Amjad Khamed, to life imprisonment for his role in the fatal drive-by shooting of Malachi Rosenfeld near the Israeli settlement of Shiloh in July 2015.

Khamed, who is one of the three members of the terrorist cell that carried out the attack, was also ordered to pay 325,000 shekels ($92,000) in compensation and got a 25,000-shekel fine ($7,000). 

Rosenfeld, who was 26 at the time, was killed and three of his friends, Hananel Cohen, Yair Hooper and Shai Maimon were wounded in the shooting. Khamed was convicted of three attempted murders and of being an accomplice in the murder of Rosenfeld. He has been under arrest since July 2015. 

Another terrorist from the same cell, Abdallah Ashak, was sentenced in January to life imprisonment and 325,000 shekels in compensation for his role in the attack. The third member of the cell is still on trial. 

According to the judges who sentenced Ashak, the assailants met up in the afternoon of June 29, 2015, and decided to carry out a shooting attack. That evening, an accomplice picked up Ashak, who then took the wheel. They passed a Nissan leaving the settlement of Esh Kodesh, driven by Cohen, in which Rosenfeld, Hooper and Maimon were passengers.

Ashak turned around and headed back to the intersection. Hananel stopped the car to let the Palestinian vehicle through, which is when the gunman rolled down the window and shot at the Israeli car, wounding all those inside the car, the verdict read.

Rosenfeld died the next day at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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