Fuaz Abara was convicted on Sunday of involvement in the 2004 Tel Aviv bombing. The 36-year-old resident of Nablus was sentenced to three life sentences and 20 years in prison.
Three people were killed and more than 50 were wounded in the bombing that was carried out near a cheese vendor's stall in an outdoor market.
“We have before us a vile murderer who showed no remorse for planning a bloodbath inside Israel,” the judges wrote in their ruling, “the defendant wanted to increase the amount of explosives to cause even more damage.”
Kamil Farej, the prosecutor in the case, said during the hearing that, “the only sin of the people in the market was that they wanted to return home with a few groceries. Suddenly a loud blast rattled the market. Bodies were lying on the road – there was blood and horror.”
“Those responsible for this horrid sight are a bunch of cowardly murderers, and the defendant is one of them,” he said.
The judges said that Abara was “found to be the mastermind behind the attack, and therefore our conscience tells us that he should remain behind bars for the rest of life.”
The suicide attack itself was carried out by 16-year-old Amar Al-Far, also a resident of Nablus. The bomb was hidden inside a bottle of milk. Al-Far’s mother said those behind the bombing sent her son on an “immoral” mission.
“They made a mistake when they took advantage of someone who was too young to understand the consequences of his actions,” she said.