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The Sarona Market in Tel Aviv.

All three terrorists who killed four Israelis and wounded 41 others in June 2016 at the Sarona market were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison by the Tel Aviv District Court. The terrorists were convicted last month on all four counts of murder, in addition to 41 counts of attempted murder as well.

Two of the three residents of the Hebron suburb of Yatta who were cousins used a Carl Gustav assault rifle to carry out the attack at the iconic Tel Aviv marketplace. They also purchased 12-inch knives and rat poison in which to dip the blades – so as to cause more harm to their victims when they stabbed them.

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Their accomplice, the third member of the terror cell, was held back from actually carrying out the murders only due to his financial obligations, which prohibited him from becoming a “martyr” under Islamic law.

The attack — carried out on the Islamic holiday of Ramadan — utterly destroyed the trust so carefully built between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which had resulted in unprecedented freedom of movement between the PA territories and Israel.

Ayash Mousa Zin, Muhammad Mahmara and Khalid al-Muhamra were also sentenced to 60 additional years in prison for their convictions on 41 counts of attempted murder. In addition, they were ordered to pay NIS 258,000 in damages to the families of each of their victims.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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