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The Central District Court on Sunday handed down life sentences to three
Palestinians who robbed and murdered an Israeli taxi driver last
The three convicted killers are Mahmud Ouda, Mahmud Khaldi and
Ahmed Khaneini, all of whom lived in the Jenin area.
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Their victim was
55-year-old Gregory Rabinowitz, from Ashdod, who was killed on May 11, 2009, in
a field near Gan Yavne. According to the indictment, Rabinowitz had been tied up
and there were signs that he had been seriously abused before he
Ouda, 22, and Khaldi, 23, were arrested 12 days after Rabinowitz’s
murder. They told police Khaneini had been their accomplice.
the indictment, the three ordered Rabinowitz to drive them along a side road
near Gan Yavne and then attacked him and stole his money. During the assault,
they decided to kill him.
They strangled him “only because he was a Jew,”
the indictment continued. “The defendants lay the taxi driver on his stomach
[Khaneini] pulled out the string of the hooded shirt he was wearing and one of
the others wrapped it around the driver’s neck and pulled hard on it for several
“Then Khaldi stuffed the driver’s mouth with pieces of cloth,
shifted him over on his back while Khaneini strangled him and pressed with his
hands on the driver’s neck,” the indictment continued. The three then kicked and
punched Rabinowitz all over his body to make certain he was dead. They then
turned him over again and covered his body with leaves and cardboard and fled
with the taxi.
The judges, Avraham Tal, Clara Regiano and Rami Amir
sentenced the three to life imprisonment.