Terrorist involved in lynching of 2 Israeli soldiers released early from prison


(JNS.org) Haitham Faiz Muari, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who participated in the lynching of two IDF reservists in Ramallah in 2000, was quietly released from prison Wednesday and transferred to the Gaza Strip.  

A Palestinian celebrates on top of the burned car of two Israeli soldiers who were lynched in Ramallah Oct. 12, 2000. Seventeen years later, one of the terrorists involved in the lynching was released early from prison this week. Credit: Flash 90.

In 2004, Muari was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the soldiers’ murders. 

This week, a military court reached a plea deal with the terrorist in a retrial, which saw his original murder conviction and charges downgraded, and his prison sentence reduced to 11 and a half years. The terrorist had already served 15 years in prison and was subsequently freed.

Simo Avrahami, the father of Yosef Avrahami, one of the soldiers murdered in the lynching, told Yedioth Ahronoth regarding the terrorist’s release, “I do not see any reason for the IDF court to deal with an appeal of such a despicable murderer. What do we want to show? That we’re just, that we’re honest?”

The victim’s son, Roi Avrahami, said he was only informed of Muari’s release when Israeli media contacted him to comment on the case. 

“I found out from the news…I was called by a representative from Army Radio and she wanted to hear my initial reaction…We learned about the matter after the terrorist was likely already at his victory party in Gaza,” he said.

Posted on March 30, 2017 .