An Israeli policeman stands guard in Jerusalem,
An Israeli policeman stands guard in Jerusalem, May 2011. Two Palestinians were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American tourist near Jerusalem in December 2010. © Marco Longari - AFP/File
An Israeli policeman stands guard in Jerusalem,
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Last updated: November 24, 2011

Two sentenced to life for Jerusalem stabbings

Two Palestinians were sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the murder of an American tourist near Jerusalem in December 2010, Israeli media reported.

Kifah Ghenaimat was sentenced to two life sentences, one for his role in the the stabbing of Kristine Lukan, a 46-year-old American tourist, who was killed as she hiked in a forest near Jerusalem in December 2010.

Ghenaimat received a second life sentence for an earlier stabbing that killed Netta Sorek, whose body was found in February 2010.

An accomplice, Ibrahim Ghenaimat, received a life sentence in connection with Lukan's murder, the media reported.

The motive for the murders remained unclear, with the court accusing Kifah Ghenaimat of leading a "criminal gang." During the investigation into Lukan's death, police raised the possibility that the attack was "nationalistic," but the men were not ultimately accused of belonging to a militant group.

Lukan had been hiking with her friend, British-Israeli citizen Kaye Susan Wilson, when the pair were attacked.

Wilson was found by passers-by, tied up and suffering multiple stab wounds. She told police she and Logan had been attacked by "two Arabs," and she had managed to escape. She survived the attack and was in court for the sentencing on Thursday, Israeli media said.

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