An Israeli military court has sentenced four Palestinians to prison for conspiring to commit the “worst routing disasters in history” in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The trial in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, where dozens of Palestinians were convicted of crimes ranging from setting fire to mosques, was held Monday, the Post reported, citing the military court.
Fourteen Palestinians were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to 13 years in prison.
The four men were identified as Ali Abu Ghanem, Muhammad Ali Abu Ghassan, Ali Mahmoud Abu Ghassem, Ahmed Mohammed Abu Ghawaz and Mahmoud Ali Abu Dabbah.
The fourth, Mustafa Abu Ghamdoun, was sentenced to five years in jail, according to the Post.
The court was hearing the appeals of all the men’s convictions in an Israeli court.
In October, a judge in the Israeli city of Afula found five Palestinian men guilty of crimes against humanity over their roles in setting fire and looting mosques in the occupied West Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan in the 1970s and 80s.
The arson attacks left scores of people injured.
A month later, a military court in the Palestinian town of Dura near Ramallah convicted a dozen men of manslaughter and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
The military court was set up to combat terrorism, but the court has never prosecuted a single Palestinian terrorist in its nearly 50-year history.
The case is the first time the Israeli military has opened a criminal investigation into the crimes of terrorism, the Israeli newspaper said.
A senior military source told the Post that the military had investigated the alleged plot by the suspects in the early 1990s and found it “unexplained and unprovable.”
The Israeli government has repeatedly condemned the attacks and called on Palestinian militants to renounce violence.