TEL AVIV (Jul. 15)
Two terrorists convicted of murdering Israeli soldiers and American tourists were sentenced to life imprisonment today and got additional sentences amounting to 400 years for a series of other attacks and sabotage in the Hebron area between 1969-71.
Mouhamed Mustafa Alkawasmeh 44, and Rashid el Karim, 30. were found guilty of killing two Israeli soldiers in a clash in the Hebron hills in 1969 and of having taken part in an attack on a tourist bus on the Beersheba-Jerusalem road in which Leo Holtz, an American, was killed. An attack on another bus took the life of a woman tourist. The pair was also convicted of attacking the Military Governor’s headquarters-in-Hebron-and a near by military camp.
In Haifa on Friday, the last two defendants accused of membership in a Syrian-directed Arab-Jewish spy ring were sentenced to prison terms of eight and five years. Hasan Agbarivch, 20, drew the longer sentence. He was found guilty of serving as a contact man between an El Fatah agent and Ram Livnch, one of the Jewish defendants. Mouhammed Salah was sentenced to five years for complicity in spying and membership in a hostile organization.