Palestinian woman charged with murder over Internet

Published March 19th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

An Israeli military court on Sunday, March 18, charged a Palestinian woman with murder over the killing two months ago of an Israeli teenager she lured to the West Bank through the Internet. 

 

Amana Jawad Mona, 25, appeared smiling in court at Beit El near Ramallah, shouting "I am proud! I am proud," as she raised her handcuffed arms in the air. 

 

Mona was arrested by a special army unit after the killing of Ofir Rahum, 16, by Palestinian gunmen near the West Bank town of Al-Bireh on January 17. 

 

Israel announced last month that she had confessed to the killing during interrogation by the domestic Shin Beth security service and that two members of a militia linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction were also involved. 

 

Mona is believed to have driven with Rahum from Jerusalem to Al-Bireh near Ramallah, where their car was set upon by three Palestinian gunmen who opened fire, shooting him more than 15 times, according to Israeli media reports. 

 

Witnesses said the gunmen then dragged his body and threw it into the trunk of their car before burying the corpse in a shallow roadside grave in Ramallah. 

 

Israel blames an armed wing of Fatah, which it calls the Tanzim, for staging anti-Israeli attacks during the near six-month wave of violence that has killed almost 440 people, most of them Palestinians. — (AFP, Beit El, West Bank) 

 

© Agence France Presse 2001

© 2001 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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