An Israeli Court in Jerusalem sentenced on Friday Ahed Abu Ghalama, head of the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), to five life-terms and five additional years after indicting him of leading the cell the assassinated the Israeli Tourism Minister on October 17, 2001. The Minister, Rehavam Zeevi, was assassinated by a PFLP group in retaliation to the Israeli assassination of Abu Ali Mustafa, the then-secretary-general of the PFLP.

Abu Ghalama is from Beit Forik town, east of Nablus. He is married and a father of three.

He was kidnapped from the Jericho Central Prison, on March 14 2006, when the Israeli army invaded the city and broke into the prison to abduct him along with PFLP secretary-general, Ahmad Saadat, and several other political prisoners.

Saadat, Abu Ghalama and several other detainees were kidnapped after the British and US monitors, guarding the prison compound, withdrew shortly before the army raided it.

It is worth mentioning that Israel is holding captive Mohammad Abu Ghalama, the brother of Ahed, and his sister Lian.

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