Netanya Terror Attack Planner Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

The Military court sentenced Adam Yunis, a member of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian terrorist organization, to 5 consecutive life sentences for the planning of the Netanya Mall bombing.

Date: 11/05/2009, 10:30 AM     Author: Tamir Yaniv

On Monday (May 11), the Samaria military court convicted Adam Yunis, a member of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian terror organization, to 5 life sentences and an additional 20 years for his involvement in the planning of the December 2005 attack at the Hasharon Mall in Netanya, which killed five Israeli civilians and injured dozens.

The defendant kept in touch with the organization’s representatives in Syria and received funds which he used to organize terrorist activities. Adam Yunis later met with members of the organization, who instructed him to lead the suicide bomber into Israeli territory.

Planners, including the defendant, decided that the attack would target the Hasharon Mall in Netanya. Adam Yunis, who accompanied the defendant on his way to the scene of the attack, changed his appearance to avoid arousing suspicion. When they both arrived below the Hasharon Mall, he ordered the terrorist to wait for him to leave before carrying out the attack. The terrorist, who walked through the main entrance of the mall, caught the attention of police officer Shoshana Atia, who immediately called the mall’s security guard. The guard, Haim Emekem, saw the terrorist and tried to remove him, but the terrorist activated his explosive vest killing the guard and four other civilians. Additionally, 91 people were injured in the attack.

Furthermore, Adam Yunis was convicted of two additional charges, including planning a suicide attack and shooting.

The judge, Major Dalia Kaufman, accepted the decision and said, “The court expresses revulsion for the acts that reveal the defendant’s determination to take human life. It should be emphasized that the defendant is not satisfied with the execution of the attack in the Hasharon Mall, as he intended to kill more people. The defendant’s sentence should serve as a deterrent to all, and provide encouragement to cease plans to kill and cause destruction. The principle of the sanctity of life requires us to sentence the defendant to life in prison.”