Prison jail generic.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A life sentence was handed down to Nabil Abu Hadir on Sunday for murdering his
sister – in front of her three children – 17 years ago.
Abu Hadir, who
escaped to the Palestinian Authority immediately following the murder, was
arrested two years ago.
According to the judges, Abu Hadir committed the
murder in broad daylight, at the central bus station, knowing that the children
would be there to witness the attack.
He stabbed his sister 23 times with
a knife, apparently to “defend his family’s honor.”
In the course of the
hearing, the court heard the testimony of 26-year-old Tahrir Haj’ir, the
victim’s daughter – who said that after the murder the three siblings roamed
from one family member to another, adding that no one agreed to take them
“My mother was the whole world for me. After she died I was left with
no one,” said Haj’ir.
A second sibling, Rashad Diab, told the court that
he had a difficult life since the murder.
“I’ve seen people at the age of 40 who
wept like five-year-olds when their mother died. My mother died before my eyes
when I was eight,” he said.
The prosecution demanded before sentencing
that the court take into account the harm done to the children of the victim.
The two boys turned to crime in the years following the traumatic event – one of
them arriving to give testimony from his prison cell.
victim’s daughter married at age 15, and now has four children of her
The judges refused to accept the defense attorney’s argument that
placing the maximum compensation penalty for each of the children was “selective
Abu Hadir was ordered to pay NIS 100,000 to each of his
sister’s three children in compensation for their loss.