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Terrorist Sentenced to Hang for Jerusalem Grenade Killing

An Arab terrorist who threw a hand grenade into a group of tourists in East Jerusalem last fall killing an Arab girl and injuring 13 persons, was sentenced to hang by a military tribunal in Lydda today. The sentence was one of the rare instances of capital punishment in Israel where it is outlawed except for a military tribunal with at least two jurists on the panel.

The court imposed the maximum penalty after the defendant, 21-year-old Shahed Hassan who lives near Hebron, failed to show the slightest remorse for his crime. According to the charges, Hassan carried a grenade to Jerusalem for the purpose of causing as much bloodshed as possible. The prosecutor said he followed a group of tourists on their way to the Wailing Wall last Rosh Hashana eve and hurled the grenade into their midst as they walked through one of the narrow streets in the Old City. The girl killed was a passer-by.

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