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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Arab woman gets life sentence for luring Israeli teenager to his death

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli military court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison a Palestinian woman who used an Internet chatroom and promises of sex to lure an Israeli teenager to his death almost three years ago.

Amana Mona convinced the 16-year-old Israeli, who bragged to friends of a relationship with an older woman, to meet her in Jerusalem and drive with her to the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he was shot and killed.

Mona was 24 at the time of the January 2001 killing of Ofir Rahum by militants linked to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction. During an earlier court appearance she expressed pride about her role in his death.

"We have to say, without hesitation, that the defendant's enthusiasm for bloodshed has brought her down to the lowest form of humanity with absolutely no morals," the three-judge panel said in its sentencing.

It said she had confessed and taken responsibility for the murder. "The only thing we can do in light of this horror is to order the removal of the defendant from human society forever."
Amen to that.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the victim was not aware the woman was Palestinian, having been led to believe that she was an American living in Jerusalem. She drove him toward Ramallah, and at some prearranged location, bolted from the car. Another vehicle drove up and the three Arab gunmen inside shot Ofir Rahum more than 15 times. One terrorist drove off with his body and dumped it, while the others fled in a second vehicle.

Before handing over his body to Israel, the Palestinian authorities claimed it was that of a Palestinian who had been shot by Israeli security officials.

Ofir Rahum is survived by his parents and three sisters. May they be comforted . . .