A Jordanian court sentenced a Palestinian Authority (PA) Arab to several years of hard labor for plotting to commit terrorist acts against Israelis, and three other for smuggling arms into Judea and Samaria.
The terrorist, a resident of Jordan who was not named in a Jordan Times report about the sentencing Wednesday by the State Security Court in Amman, attempted to enter Jerusalem from Hevron where he was arrested and charged with plotting to carry out a terrorist act, the report said.
The terrorist raised the suspicion of passersby by asking people in PA-ruled Hevron on how to best enter Jerusalem, according to court documents cited by the Petra news agency. The report did not say how the man ended up standing trial in Jordan, which has not controlled Judea and Samaria since it attacked Israel, despite Israel's message suggeting it remain neutral, and lost the region in the 1967 Six Day War. Jordan surrendered its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in 1988.
In a separate case, the same Jordanian court on Wednesday sentenced three PA Arabs to three years of imprisonment with hard labor for attempting to smuggle weapons to Judea and Samaria.
One of the defendants, from the PA-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus), visits Jordan regularly and planned with the other two defendants, who work in Irbid, Jordan, to smuggle weapons to use in illegal acts.
In its monthly report in February, the Israel Security Agency (Shabak) reported that the number of terrorist attacks on Israelis in Judea and Samaria and from Gaza increased by 25 percent last month in comparison to January, from 118 incidents to 149.