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      Third Murderer of Kristine Luken Convicted

      Ayad Fatfata guilty of of murder, attempted murder, disorderly conduct, weapons trade and illegal entry to Israel.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 1/22/2012, 5:16 PM

      Wilson faces the attackers.
      Wilson faces the attackers.
      Flash 90

      The Jerusalem District Court convicted Ayad Fatfata, Sunday afternoon, of murder, attempted murder, disorderly conduct, weapons trade and illegal entry to Israel in connection with the December 19, 2010 attack that resulted in the death of American tourist Kristine Luken and the wounding of Kaye Wilson, an immigrant from Britain. The two had been hiking in the Judean Hills around Khirbet Hanut, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem.

      Two other members of the gang – brothers Kafah and Ibrahim Ghanimat, were convicted and sentenced to two life sentences each about two months ago. They were also convicted of murdering Zichron Ya'akov resident Neta Blatt Sorek. 

      The three terrorists committed a long list of other crimes, including burglary, assault, theft, arms trafficking, as well as attempting to murder other victims, but failing. Among the latter was Kaye Wilson, a friend of Luken's whom the terrorists tried to kill, was left for dead but survived. Wilson, a tour guide, was badly injured in the attack. 

      According to the Daily Mail, Luken was an American missionary who moved to Britain to work with an evangelical Christian ministry called the Church's Ministry among Jews. 

      Sorek was murdered near the Beit Jamal Monastery outside Beit Shemesh in February 2010, also while taking a hike.