The murders occurred after reserves soldiers Yosef Avrahami and Vadim Norzitch made a wrong turn into Ramallah and were taken to the local police station. A bloodthirsty mob burst into the building and mauled them to death. Photographs of joyous murderers showing off their bloodstained hands out the window to the cheering crowd, and of a body being thrown to the ground, have become among the more poignant icons of the PA's Oslo War against Israel.
Today's convict was supposedly guarding the police station from the mob at the time. He told the frenzied Arabs to wait until he brought the soldiers out of the station, and that they could then abduct and murder them. The mob was unable to hold out, however, and when it broke into the station, he joined in and smashed the head of one of the soldiers four or five times with a metal pipe, and then continued to hit him. He then tried to wash the blood off his hands.