In October 2015, Muhannad Halabi and Abed al-Aziz Mari tried going to the Temple Mount, but were denied entrance. Mari was furious, so he purchased a butcher knife and pressed Halabi to carry out a revenge terror attack. Halabi accepted Mari’s proposal stabbing the late Aharon Bennett and Nehemia Lavi to death in Jerusalem’s Old City. Today, Mari was sentenced to 35 years in prison and will be required to pay almost 500,000 NIS in compensations to the bereaved families.

The scene of the terror attack

The scene of the terror attack Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The terrorist assistant convicted of aiding the terrorist who carried out the stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City in October 2015, Abed al-Aziz Mari, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Mari planned and developed the terror attack aiding the terrorist who murdered the late Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett in the attack.

Mari was convicted of two murder charges, one attempted murder charge and a series of additional charges including financing terrorism. In addition to his prison sentence, Mari was sentenced to pay 258,000 NIS in financial compensation to each of the bereaved families.

According to the conviction, Mari’s idea to carry out the murderous terror attack began when he and the other terrorist, Muhannad Halabi, were denied entrance to the Temple Mount by local security forces. Fuming, Mari purchased a butcher knife, the two agreed that Halabi would execute the terror attack as revenge and shortly after, Halabi murdered two victims.