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Jerusalemite Palestinian sentenced to 16 years in prison for stabbing attempt

Oct. 23, 2017 5:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 12:55 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Monday sentenced a Palestinian to 16 years in prison over an attempted stabbing attack two years ago, according to Israeli media.

Israeli news website Ynet reported that the Jerusalem District Court sentenced Bahaa Eweisat, 22, a resident of the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, to 16 years in prison for attempted murder and illegal possession of a knife.

In October 2015, Eweisat was allegedly waiting with a knife in the Nof Zion settlement to carry out a stabbing attack when a police officer asked him to identify himself.

According to Ynet, Ewisat refused and tried to stab the policeman.

A number of Palestinians have been arrested, shot, or killed by Israeli forces for allegedly attempting to carry out attacks or being in possession of a knife since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in Oct. 2015.

Though Israeli forces have claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed, rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

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