Four years for man who helped enemy during Cast Lead

Jerusalem District Court sentenced east Jerusalem man to four years imprisonment for aiding Hamas.

December 8, 2011 03:35
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IDF soldiers in Gaza during Cast Lead

IDF soldiers in Gaza Strip, Cast Lead 521 (R). (photo credit: DORON KEREN / IDF / REUTERS)

The Jerusalem District Court sentenced an east Jerusalem man to four years imprisonment on Wednesday for charges including conspiring to assist the enemy during a war and weapons possession and manufacture.

Ahmad Nimar, 25, was arrested in February alongside four other men, all residents of the Sur Bahir neighborhood in east Jerusalem, on suspicion of involvement in Hamas terrorist operations during Operation Cast Lead in late 2008.

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Nimar was convicted according to a plea bargain in which he admitted the charges against him. In sentencing Nimar to four years in prison, the panel of three judges – Jacob Zaban, Miriam Mizrahi and Raphael Carmel – said that the offenses for which he had been convicted are “severe” and could have cost lives.

According to the indictment, in late 2008 Nimar met with another of the defendants, Munir Atun, and talked about carrying out a train bombing attack in retaliation for Operation Cast Lead. The two made bombs and later gave $5,000 to a third man, Ahmad Dwiyat, to buy a gun and bullets for the planned attack. In court, Nimar testified that Operation Cast Lead had angered him and that was why he decided to plan retaliation, however he said he later changed his mind and expressed remorse.

According to a press release published by the Shabak, Nimar has served previous prison sentences in 2006 for his activities in Hamas. His brother, Marad Nimar, began a prison sentence in January 2010 for involvement in Hamas military activity unrelated to this case.

In a previous hearing, Nimar’s co-defendant Dwiyat was sentenced to five years in prison, also under a plea bargain.

The other defendants are Jihad Atun, whose brother Mahmoud is serving a life sentence for murdering three Israelis and whose other brother Ahmad is also a senior Hamas activist; Marwan Atun; and Muhammed Dwiat.

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