Erez Crossing
Erez Crossing photo: file

The Be’er Sheva Magistrate court has sentenced a Gaza terrorist, 32-year-old Nahed Hamid, to 20 years in prison plus 2 years probation for crimes against state security between 2003-2007.

According to the indictment, Hamid was convicted on 11 accounts for a wide range of offenses, including: firing a rocket at the Erez border crossing, delivering information on IDF locations in Gaza to terrorists in order to harm the IDF, and planting explosive devices to endanger IDF forces infiltrating the Gaza strip.

Hamid’s home was near the Israeli border, and so he would, on numerous occasions, assist terrorist activity.

The judges wrote, “There is no argument over the fact that the defendant never acted out of ideology or in affiliation with a terrorist organization. He was merely afraid of the violent reaction of the terrorist organizations to his refusal to assist them.”

In summary, they wrote, “Taking these extenuating circumstances into consideration, we have decided to avoid the maximal sentence for these crimes, and we therefore sentence the defendant to 20 years imprisonment, and two years' suspended sentence on condition that he does not commit any crime.”  

Over 800 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israeli communities by terrorists in Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead on January 18, 2009. Over 12,000 have been fired at Israel by Gaza region terrorists since 2001.