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Death Of Palestinian Terrorist Is ‘Happy Day’ For Sister Of Murdered Israeli

The Times of Israel reports: The sister of an Israeli student who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem’s Old City 30 years ago said the mysterious death of one of his killers marked the “closing of a circle” and “a happy day for me.”

Fugitive Palestinian terrorist Omar Nayef Zayed, 51, was found dying in the yard of the Palestinian Embassy in Sofia on Friday morning. Bulgarian radio reported that he had fallen from the fourth floor of the embassy. He died later in the hospital. Some Palestinian groups claimed Israel killed him, an accusation that Jerusalem denied.

In 1986 Zayed was convicted in the murder of yeshiva student Eliyahu Amedi — whom he stabbed to death in Jerusalem’s Old City — along with two other Palestinian assailants. He was sentenced to life in prison. Four years after beginning his sentence, Zayed began a hunger strike and was moved to a Bethlehem hospital facility, from which he escaped. He fled to Bulgaria in 1994 and married a local woman with whom he had three children. Israel had recently been seeking his extradition.

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