Palestinian-American gets two life terms of Israeli killing

Palestinian-American gets two life terms of Israeli killing
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The Palestinian American was convicted of 'intentional manslaughter' last August, after allegedly opening fire at passengers in the West Bank.
The military court ruled that Shalabi should also pay the equivalent of $484,000 to the victim's family [Getty]

An Israeli military court on Wednesday sentenced a Palestinian man with US citizenship to two life terms and more than $800,000 in penalties for the murder of an Israeli student in the occupied West Bank.

"The defendant will serve a total of two life sentences for this case," the three-judge panel of the military court ruled.

Montasser Shalabi, 44, was convicted last August of "intentional manslaughter -- equivalent to the offence of murder" after he opened fire at passengers waiting at a bus stop at Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank in May 2021.

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The attack killed Yehuda Guetta, 19, a student at a Jewish religious seminary in the Itamar settlement, and wounded two of his friends.

The military court ruled that Shalabi should also pay the equivalent of $484,000 to Guetta's family, $323,000 to a student left paralysed by his shooting injuries, and about $6,500 to another student lightly injured in the attack.

In July, the army demolished Shalabi's house in Turmus Ayya village, northeast of Ramallah in the West Bank, a move denounced by the US.