Former Hamas commander convicted of 46 murders

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former commander of Hamas’ armed wing was found guilty in the deaths of 46 people in terror attacks.

Ibrahim Hamed, a former commander of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was convicted Wednesday in an Israeli military court on 46 counts of murder, as well as of four counts of accessory to murder and four counts of attempted murder.

Hamed was found to be the architect of several deadly attacks inside Israel, including three attacks in Jerusalem — on Zion Square in 2001, in which 10 people were killed; on Cafe Moment in 2002, in which 11 were killed; and on Cafe Hillel in 2003, in which seven were killed and 57 wounded.

Prosecutors have asked that Hamed be sentenced to 56 life sentences.

Hamed was arrested in the West Bank in 2006. His house had been demolished in 2003 and his family deported to Jordan.

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