The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of April 19

Arab youth's murderer convicted despite insanity plea, technological means used to detect Hamas tunnel may spell the end of group's weapon of choice, a renowned Israeli actress dies, and more.

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1.Despite an eleventh hour insanity plea in December, the Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday convicted Yosef Haim Ben David of being the ringleader in the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir on July 2, 2014.
Read more: Abu Khdeir murder ringleader convicted; Insanity plea rejected
2. The discovery of an attack tunnel using new Israeli technological and intelligence means is a historic development, and one that could mark the beginning of the end of Hamas’s weapon of choice.
Read more: Analysis: Tunnel-detection techniques limiting Hamas’s attack options
3. Renowned actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz died Tuesday morning, succumbing to cancer at the age of 51. She is survived by her husband and two children.
Read more: Actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz dies at age 51
4. Just a few days before Passover, a 3,200-year-old Egyptian relic, discovered by a 12-year-old Jewish girl from Jerusalem, serves as a timely reminder of a distant, bitter-sweet past.
Read more: Rare Egyptian amulet bearing ancient pharaoh’s name discovered in Jerusalem
5. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said that he does "not want to run again" for president if new elections are held, while claiming he has "made no mistakes" since taking over negotiating responsibilities on behalf of the Palestinian people over 10 years ago.
Read more: Abbas: 'I do not want to run again' for Palestinian Authority president