The Samaria (Shomron) Military Court convicted on Sunday Salam Al-Zaghal of Tulkarm, for the April 30 stabbing murder of Evyatar Borovksy near the Tapuach Junction in Samaria. Borovsky, 31, was the father of five children, the oldest of whom is seven years old.
The conviction was based on Al-Zaghal's confession. Arguments on sentencing are scheduled to be heard in September.
The widow of the murdered man, Tzofia Borovsky, called for the death sentence, insisting that sending the murderer to jail is useless given the government's consideration of freeing terrorists as a "good-will gesture" to the Palestinian Authority.
"The proper sentence for a heinous murderer is death,” she explained. “That is the only proper sentence for a deed such as this.
"In the past few days, it has become known that Netanyahu and his government are planning to release Arab murderers who spilled the blood of Jews, as a gesture to terrorist leader Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - ed.].
"I wish this base murderer a death of torment, but it is really useless to put him in jail, when one takes into account that he will be released in one swap or another, and will use his time there for academic studies free of charge, and the high standard of living that the state of Israel gives the murderers of its citizens.
"The continued court proceedings and jailing of the murderer until the next release of murderers, which will take place sooner or later,” she accused, “creates a false impression of justice, when the reality is that of a circus.
"The government's twisted formula, which makes possible the release of murderers even without the completion of the jail period they were sentenced to, teaches our enemies that our blood is free for the spilling. The Nation of Israel must awake.”
Evyatar Borovsky, known to friends as "Napo" was a popular local figure and children's entertainer, who participated in therapeutic psychodrama, which incorporates role-playing and improvisation in an effort to enable others to overcome traumatic experiences.
He was fatally stabbed in the back by Samal Al-Zaghal as he waited at Tapuah Junction in Samaria.