Convicted PA murderer tests coronavirus positive

Killer serving several life sentences in Israel for involvement in murderous attacks, including killing Rabbi Binyamin Herling on Mount Ebal

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Gilboa Prison
Gilboa Prison
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A Palestinian Authority resident convicted of killing Israelis and imprisoned at Gilboa Prison has tested positive for the coronavirus. It is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that an imprisoned terrorist in Israel has contracted the virus.

PA sources say the infected terrorist is Kamal Abu Wa'er, a 46-year-old resident of Qabeda near Jenin who has cancer.

Abu Wa'er, who is serving several life sentences at Gilboa Prison, is currently hospitalized due to his illness at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin.

Abu Wa'er, a senior Fatah terrorist, was captured by Israeli security forces in 2003 and sentenced to several life sentences for his involvement in a number of murders.

Among them, he admitted participating in the mass shooting at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem, on the day that Druze Border Police officer Madhat Yusuf was killed on October 2, 2000. He confessed to carrying out the shooting with a Kalashnikov rifle that he used during his service as a security officer in the PA under Yasser Arafat.

Abu Wa'er also admitted that he participated in the shooting attack on October 10, 2000 at a group of hikers on Mount Ebal, killing the late Rabbi Binyamin Herling, a resident of Kedumim (the grandfather of Dvir Sorek 14), and wounding four other Israeli civilians.

In May 2001, Abu-Wa'er murdered Argnino Orlando, a guard in Itamar community. Abu-Wa'er was also involved in a shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle traveling from Migdalim toward Tapuach Junction, wounding two Israeli citizens, one moderately and the other severely.

He was also involved in the murder of the late Aliza Malka on August 9, 2001, when Fatah terrorists fired at a passing vehicle in the Jilabun area. Three passengers were wounded in that incident.