Photo Credit: Mati Amar/TPS
Police officers on guard at Temple Mount during Jerusalem day. May 13, 2018.

An Arab with Israeli citizenship who assisted a terror cell which carried out a deadly attack on the Temple Mount in the summer of 2017 was convicted and sent to 16 years in prison.

On July 14, 2017, Muhammad Ahmed Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamad Abdel Latif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmed Mafdal Jabarin, 19, all cousins from the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, stormed the Temple Mount and shot and killed two Israeli Druze police officers, Master Sgt. Kamil Shnaan and Master Sgt. Haiel Sitawe.

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The terrorists were killed by Israeli forces during the attack.

The Haifa District Court on Wednesday sent Amjad Jabarin, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, to 16 years in prison after he was charged with assisting murder, aiding sabotage, firearm-related offenses, disruption of court proceedings and connection to a crime.

Jabarin is a relative of one of the perpetrators of the attack and was aware of the plan to carry out the in its early stages. The terrorists spoke about the attack in his presence, and he also knew that the attack was carried out on religious, nationalist and ideological grounds.

Later, Jabarin saw the weapons used in the attack, drove the terrorists to train with the guns, and at one point he was also offered to carry out the attack with them but refused.

He also traveled with two of the terrorists to the Temple Mount before the attack, where he saw that they were examining the security cameras. On the eve of the attack, Jabarin saw the terrorists arm themselves at the Al-Malasa mosque in Umm al-Fahm, in preparation for the attack, and realized that they were going to carry it out on the Temple Mount.

Finally, the defendant drove the terrorists to a transportation depot in Umm al-Fahm knowing that they were going to carry out the attack and were armed. Prior to their departure, the terrorists handed Jabarin their personal belongings and asked him to return them to their families.

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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.