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Israeli Settler Handed 2 Life Sentences in Murders of Palestinians

April 9, 2013

An Israeli settler was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms plus 30 years after being convicted of the murders of two Palestinians and two attempted murders, a newspaper reported.

Yakov "Jack" Teitel, 39, said before he was sentenced by the Jerusalem District Court that he had no regrets and was proud of what he had done, the Jerusalem Post said.

The court had convicted the father of four in January, rejecting the defence's claim of insanity.

Teitel - who was born in the US state of Florida but lived in Shvut Rachel, a West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem - confessed to the murder of an East Jerusalem taxi driver and a Palestinian shepherd in 1997, police said.

He also said he placed a bomb outside the home of an Israeli professor with left-wing, anti-occupation views, injuring the academic in September 2008.

In addition, he delivered a package with explosives, disguised as a holiday present, to a family in the Jewish settlement of Ariel, whose messianic faith he opposed. The family's son, 15 at the time, opened the package and was severely injured.

In a bid to sabotage Jerusalem's gay pride parades in 2006 and 2007, he plastered posters around the city meant to prompt police to cancel the events over security risks. On one of them, he promised 20,000 shekels (more than 5,000 dollars) as a reward for anyone who would "kill one of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah."

He also sent a threatening letter to the organizers and planted self-made bombs at a police station and near a police vehicle as part of the same attempt to have police call off the parade.

He was arrested in 2009 hanging up flyers in an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem in support of a shooting attack on a gay club in Tel Aviv.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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