The Judea Military Court on Wednesday convicted Ibrahim Hamed, who was head of the Hamas military wing in the West Bank until his arrest in 2006, of personally murdering 26 people and with facilitating and directing the murder of 20 others.

Hamed was convicted of planning, organizing, assisting, and executing the bombings in December 2001 at Zion Square in Jerusalem, at the Cafe Moment in Jerusalem in March 2002, in Sheffield Club in Rishon Lezion in May 2002 and July 2002 at the Hebrew University. His attacks killed 46 people and injured dozens.

Hamed, 47, from Silwad, becam active in Hamas in the late 1980s. The Palestinian Authority imprisoned him, but he was released in 2001. Subsequent to his release he carried out and coordinated a series of lethal terror attacks.

He was arrested by Israeli security forces in 2006 after a long and protracted hunt. The prosecution is seeking a sentence of 56 consecutive life terms. The sentencing hearing has been set for next week.

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