Jerusalem Arsonist Gets 27 Years

An intifada activist from East Jerusalem was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison for arson.

Mahmoud Ahmed Safdi, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was convicted by the military court in Lod of setting fire to automobiles and other vehicles in the Abu Tor and French Hill neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

He also was found guilty of throwing gasoline bombs at cars.

Dozens of vehicles in East and West Jerusalem have been torched by arsonists during the past year. But that sort of intifada activity has since diminished. It is only recently that the police have been able to find the culprits.

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