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Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem sentenced to life in prison for 2015 attack

Jan. 31, 2017 7:43 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2017 8:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian resident of occupied East Jerusalem was sentenced to life in prison by an Israeli court on Monday for killing an Israeli and injuring another in a car-ramming attack in April 2015, according to Israeli news website Haaretz.

Khalid Kutina, a resident of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, was convicted of murder for the death of Shalom Yohai Cherki, 26, and ordered to pay monetary damages to Cherki's family.

According to Haaretz, Israeli prosecutor Jonathan Avni said in response to the sentencing that "the sentence reflects the determined fight by law enforcement authorities against terrorists signaling that anyone seeking to take a life for nationalistic reasons will be punished to the fullest extent and sent behind bars for many years."

At the time of the attack carried out by Kutina, tensions had been running high in East Jerusalem since the summer of 2014, when Jewish extremists kidnapped and burned alive 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

Several attacks were carried out by Palestinians on Israeli civilians in the months following Abu Khdeir’s death.

In October 2015, a wave of violence erupted across Israel, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, with many Palestinians carrying out similar, small-scale attacks mostly on armed Israeli forces.
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