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'Nakba Day' terror attack driver convicted of murder

July 19, 2012 11:57

A truck driver who killed a man and injured 17 others during a terror attack in Tel Aviv on 'Nakba Day' last year was pronounced guilty of murder on Thursday.

In a unanimous ruling, the Tel Aviv District Court said Ibrahim Islam Issa, a 23-year-old resident of Kfar Kassem, was guilty of premeditated murder after he swerved his 15-ton Volvo truck into a line of vehicles and pedestrians on a busy Tel Aviv road on May 15, 2011, the date Palestinians mark as 'Nakba Day', a day of mourning coinciding with the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

According to the indictment, Issa was motivated by nationalist ideology and planned the attack in advance, aiming to kill as many Jews as possible.

Issa began the attack at 9.30 a.m. on Tel Aviv's Bar Lev street, smashing into a car decorated with an Israeli flag and killing the driver, Avi Morag.

He then smashed into seven more vehicles, including a scooter and a bus before getting out of his truck and beating passersby with a blunt object while shouting “Allahu Akbar" [God is great], and racial epithets against Jews, the indictment said.

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