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An Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem who planned to carry out terror attacks in Israel and assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior public figures, was sentenced on Thursday to 11 years in prison.

Muhammad Jamal Rashada, 31, from the Shuafat refugee camp in eastern Jerusalem, was convicted of assisting the enemy during wartime, preparing for acts of terrorist murder, espionage, and conspiracy to commit murder.

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Most of the details of the indictment against Rashada remain confidential, but what can be published shows that he acted under the guidance of terrorist elements from abroad and planned to carry out significant attacks against a variety of targets in Israel.

Rashada planned, among other things, to harm prominent public figures, including Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Rashada also planned to carry out attacks against Western entities in Israel. Among his targets were structures belonging to the American embassy, and a Canadian delegation residing in Jerusalem who train PA security forces.

In order to promote some of the attacks, the terrorist network for which Rashada worked, brought into Israel a terrorist operative from Jordan. The indictment also stated that the terrorist had taken preliminary steps to gather information about the targets against he planned to attack, on the orders of a terrorist operative in Syria.

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