J'lem Arab sentenced for aiding bomber

Cafe Hillel bomber's accomplice given 7 life terms - one for each person killed.

A Jerusalem Arab who assisted the Palestinian suicide bomber who blew up a popular Jerusalem cafe was sentenced Thursday to seven life terms in prison by the Jerusalem District Court. Imro Abed al-Aziz, of the Anata refugee camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem, was found guilty on murder charges in the same court last month for helping the suicide bomber who demolished the city's Cafe Hillel two years ago. Seven people were killed in the September 9, 2003 attack, including Cleveland-born Dr. David Applebaum who headed the emergency room at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital and his 20-year-old daughter Naava who was due to marry the next day. The accomplice allowed the bomber to use his father's suburban Jerusalem apartment before the attack, where the bomber strapped the explosives belt that al-Aziz had hidden to his body, with the accomplice keeping watch on the flat to make sure no one entered while the suicide bomber dressed for the attack, the court found. The two men then went to the city's trendy German Colony where the late-night attack took place. Last year, two Jerusalem Arabs who planned the bombing were also sentenced in the same court to seven life terms in jail. The seven consecutive life terms were handed down in accordance with each life they cut short in the bombing.
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