Policeman 'Shuki' Sofer zal 311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
The IDF announced on Monday that a three-judge panel of the Judea Military Court
in the West Bank recently handed down life sentences to three of four
Palestinian terrorists who were convicted accomplices in the murder of an
Israeli policeman three years ago.
A fourth Palestinian was sentenced to
25 years in prison for assisting in the murder, but to a somewhat lesser
The attack, which took place on June 14, 2010, claimed the life
of Yehoshua “Shuki” Sofer.
The Palestinians opened fire at Sofer, who was
in his police car near the Al-Fawar junction in the South Hebron
Two other policemen were wounded in the shooting.
Palestinians have been identified as Muhammad Jabr Harub, Raed Issa Muhammad
Harub, Muhammad Ismail Hasin Harub and Ali Yunis Asdallah Harub.
Eladam, the Palestinian who was determined to have been the shooter, was
sentenced to life imprisonment two years ago.
An investigation of the
murder revealed that the four men prepared their attack by performing
reconnaissance missions beforehand. They noticed that the police cruiser in
which Sofer was driving would take the same route and arrive at the same
destination on a daily basis.
Authorities said that the five Palestinians
were also involved in both planning and carrying out attacks against other
The next most serious attack they carried out included
the attempted murder of Yariv Mimouni, who was injured by a shooting attack they
perpetrated at Edna junction.
While the sentences were significant and
the defendants were found guilty of the majority of the charges, some of the
lesser charges were dismissed, though the IDF did not specify which.