The Jerusalem District Court sentenced an east Jerusalem resident to seven and a
half years in prison on Tuesday after convicting him of a series of security
offenses, including membership in Hamas and aggravated grievous bodily
Muhammad Adawayat, a 30-year-old resident of Sur Bahir on the
southeastern outskirts of Jerusalem, was convicted of membership in a terrorist
organization, carrying weapons, producing weapons and aggravated grievous bodily
harm. He plead guilty in a plea bargain.
According to the indictment,
Adawayat joined Hamas in 2003 and was trained in – among other things – how to
produce explosive devices.
In March 2011, Adawayat prepared a bomb and
detonator designed to be triggered by a cellphone.
He concealed the
device in a loaf of bread with the intent of planting it in a bus stop on the
Jerusalem-Gush Etzion road.
However, Adawayat changed his mind and
discarded the device near the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem, where it was
discovered by two Jerusalem municipal employees. One of the employees, an
18-yearold, picked up the loaf of bread containing the device, which
subsequently exploded and blew off his right forearm.
Adawayat was also
ordered to pay the injured man NIS 200,000 in compensation.