Two Palestinians Dead, Arab Sentenced for Attempted Plane Bombing
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Two Palestinians were reported killed in clashes with soldiers Monday, and a military court sentenced an Arab to 25 years in prison for attempting to bomb a passenger plane in 1983.
Faoud Abdullah a-Shaara, 32, had pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to bomb an Israeli passenger plane with a booby-trapped suitcase he gave to an unsuspecting English woman.
According to the charge sheet, a-Shaara, from Jordan, met the woman in Athens where he gave her a suitcase for her flight from Athens to London via Tel Aviv on Israel’s national airline, El Al.
The suitcase was triggered with an explosive set to go off when the El Al plane left Tel Aviv on its way to London, the charges said.
But the bomb did not explode and the woman was caught when she returned to Athens carrying the same suitcase. She was released after it was determined she was not involved in the attempted attack.
The court said a-Shaara was apprehended last year, but gave no details. A- Shaara was also charged with membership in the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Fatah faction.
Near the West Bank town of Hebron Sunday night, soldiers shot and killed Muhammed Ibrahim Kawasmi, 20, after their bus was stoned, the army command said.
″The soldiers stopped the bus and chased the stonethrowers. During the chase, three Arabs jumped on one of the soldiers, he opened fire and killed a Palestinian,″ the army statement said.
In the Bet Kad village near Jenin on Monday, an officer shot and killed Jamal Kamal, 18. The army said youths had thrown stones and a petrol bomb at the officer when he stopped to change a tire.
″The officer fired on the youth who threw the petrol bomb and killed him. A second youth was wounded in the incident,″ the spokesman’s statement said.
Arab sources said a 10-year-old boy was wounded in the incident.
Meanwhile, Khetam Mahmoud Wardani, 23, from the West Bank village of Barin was stabbed to death by Arab activists who accused her of collaborating with Israeli authorities, Arab sources said.
Wardani’s death followed three similar killings in the occupied lands over the weekend, and brought to 392 the number of Arabs killed by fellow Arabs on suspicion of assisting Israel during the 41-month-old uprising against Israeli rule.
The deaths of the Kamal and Kawasmi brought to 830 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers or civilians in the uprising. Sixty- six Israelis have died in the violence.