The mastermind behind the kidnapping and murder of three teens in Israel, Hussam Qawasmeh, was convicted and sentenced today.

The Israeli military court, sentenced him to three life sentences, and ordered him pay NIS 750,000, to the teens families, in compensation.

Qawasmeh planned the kidnapping of Israeli teens: Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach, which triggered Operation “Brother’s Keeper”.

The teenagers were kidnapped on June 12th 2014, in the Gush-Etzion area. Though murdered within hours of their kidnapping, their bodies were only found 18 days later. Thousands of policemen, soldiers and volunteers participated in the search for the missing teens.

In his interrogation, Qawasmeh admitted he planned the kidnapping-murder.

He also financed it using NIS 200,000 that was transferred to him by Hamas members in Gaza. Qawasmeh used the money he received from the Gaza Strip to buy weapons, and the car which was used to execute the terror attack. Qawasmeh also helped the murderers bury the bodies and dispose of the weapons.

The Shin Bet said that Hussam is “the son of a family whose sons have been involved in severe terror attacks on behalf of Hamas.” His brother Hassin was involved in the bombing near the International Convention Center in Jerusalem in March 2011 and is currently serving a life sentence. Mahmoud Qawasme, another brother of Hussam, served 20 years in prison for assisting in the 2004 suicide attack in Be’er Sheva that killed 16 Israelis.

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