Daily Israel Report

Murderer of Ido Zoldan Gets Life Sentence

The murderers of the Jewish pioneer were members of the PA police force. The crime was a 'protest' against the Annapolis conference in 2007.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/21/2010, 5:02 PM / Last Update: 10/21/2010, 4:59 PM

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The IDF military court in Samaria has sentenced one of the murderers of Ido Zoldan to life in jail. Zoldan, nicknamed 'Idodi' by his numerous friends, was 29, married and a father of two. He was a resident of Shavei Shomron and formerly resided in Homesh.

Abdullah Barham, 25, was sentenced on Thursday  to life plus another seven years for his part in the point-blank shooting near the Jinsafoot junction in late 2007. Barham was a member of the Palestinian Authority's police force.

A terrorist militia called the Al Aqsa Martyrs took responsibility for that killing, and claimed it was “a protest” against the Annapolis conference, which was supposed to kick-start the faltering negotiations between Israel and the PA. The Al Aqsa Martyrs are a part of Fatah, which is led by Mahmoud Abbas, who also heads the Palestinian Authority.

Abdullah Barham initiated the plan to murder Jews, and planned the attack together with his two accomplices, Dafar Barham, who was also a PA policeman, and Fadi Jama'a, who had served in the PA National Security Force. All were from the village of Kadum.

The three decided to fire at Israelis in vehicles moving on the main road near Funduk, in Samaria. On November 19, 2007, at 11:30 PM, they identified an approaching Israeli-licensed car. Abdullah Barham gave instructions to overtake the car and fire at it. However, this attempt failed because the gunman had put in the cartridge backwards.

They reinserted the cartridge and then saw Ido Zoldan's vehicle. He was on his way home from a Torah study session with a friend. They fired nine bullets at the car, killing Ido Zoldan.