Terrorist who murdered 7 Israeli girls in 1997 released from Jordanian prison

Ahmed Daqamseh, the Jordanian terrorist who murdered 7 Israeli girls in Naharayim, was released from prison this morning after serving a 20-year sentence. The terror attack happened three years after Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty.
Ahmed Daqamseh Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Jordanian terrorist Ahmed Daqamseh, who murdered 7 Israeli girls in 1997 in Naharayim, was released this morning (Sunday) after serving a 20-year sentence in a Jordanian prison. Daqamseh’s family stated that he has returned to his home in a village near Irbid in northern Jordan.

On March 13, 1997, three years after Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan, Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier, fired gunshots at a group of Israeli students who were visiting Naharayim’s Island of Peace. Seven girls were murdered in the attack and six were injured. A few days later, the late Jordanian King Hussein came to Israel and personally apologized to the families of the victims.

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Four months later, a Jordanian military court sentenced Daqamseh to life in prison, which usually means a 25-year sentence in Jordan. The court ruled that Daqamseh was mentally unstable, meaning that the death penalty was off the table.

Over the years, nationalistic and Islamist groups that opposed the peace treaty with Israel have portrayed Daqamseh as a hero and advocated for his early release. In addition, many Jordanian lawmakers attempted to bring about his early release. In 2013, Shlomo Badayev, whose daughter Shiri was murdered in the terror attack, told Channel 2 News that the petition in favor of pardoning Daqamseh that was signed by 110 out of the 150 Jordanian MPs was a “political provocation.”



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