An Israeli settler who shot and killed four
Palestinian civilians in the West Bank in an attempt to scuttle Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip was convicted Monday in the Jerusalem District Court on four counts of murder.
Asher Weisgan, 38, of the West Bank settlement of
Shvut Rachel, who had subsequently called for the
assassination of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, had been found mentally fit to stand trial by a psychiatrist who examined him at court order.
A driver who transported Palestinian laborers,
Weisgan grabbed a gun from a security guard at the
end of the work day last August after asking him for a drink of water, and then opened fire at the workers in his car at close range, killing three instantly, and mortally wounding a fourth, who died later on the operating table at Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Hospital at Ein Kerem.