Palestinian man convicted in stabbing murder of Eviatar Borovsky

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli military court convicted a West Bank Palestinian man for the April murder of Eviatar Borovsky.

The Samaria Military Court on Sunday convicted Salam Zagal of Tulkarem Sunday for the murder of Borovsky of the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

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Zagal stabbed Borovsky, 31, to death as the father of five waited at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. Border Police officers shot Zagal at the scene of the attack.

The alleged killer was released from an Israeli jail eight months ago after serving three years for rock throwing.

Borovsky’s widow, Sophia, called for the death penalty following the conviction.

“The proper sentence for a heinous murderer is death,” she said. “That is the only proper sentence for a deed such as this.”

The widow continued: “I wish this base murderer a death of torment, but it is really useless to put him in jail, when one takes into account that he will be released in one (prisoner) swap or another, and will use his time there for academic studies free of charge, and the high standard of living that the state of Israel gives the murderers of its citizens.”

Zagal’s brother is jailed in the Palestinian Authority for collaborating with Israel. According to reports, it is believed that Zagal set out to kill a Jewish settler in order to restore his family’s honor.

Borovsky’s name has been included in several price tag attacks against Palestinian and Christian sites.