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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 Yavneh. According to the indictment, Rabinowitz had been tied up
and there were signs that he had suffered severe violence before he
At the time, the police declared that the taxi driver had been
killed in a terrorist attack.
Ouda, 22, and Khaldi, 23, were arrested 12
days after Rabinowitz's murder. They told police Khaneini had been their
According to the indictment, the three ordered Rabinowitz to
drive them along a side road near Gan Yavneh 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 minutes."
"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 original indictment charged the
three killers with premeditated murder and robbery, but the robbery charges were
dropped as part of a plea bargain with the prosecution. The judges, Avraham Tal,
Clara Regiano and Rami Amir, accepted the agreement and sentenced the three to