A Palestinian terrorist was arrested for the 2010 murder of two Israeli soldiers after he was permitted to enter Israel to donate bone marrow to his brother, the Shin Bet security agency said Sunday.
Abdallah Daghmeh, 38, a resident of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, was charged in Beersheva District Court for the killing of Maj. Eliraz Peretz and Staff Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky, as well as membership in a terrorist organization and managing a terror cell.
Dagmah joined the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in 2002.
He confessed the attack had been planned by as early as September 2008, the Shin Bet said.
The March 26, 2010, killing saw IDF troops walk into a trap when terrorists pretended to plant a bomb along the border fence with Gaza. Terrorists then attacked the troops with mortars and gunfire. Peretz was killed by a grenade that hit his chest.
Dagmah was arrested in July after receiving permission to enter Israel to donate bone marrow to his sick brother.
The Shin Bet recognized Daghmeh’s name after he applied for a permit and allowed him to enter Israel. He was arrested but was allowed to donate the bone marrow.
Daghmeh said the terror attack was so long ago, he wasn’t even aware he was still wanted by Israeli authorities, Israeli media reported.
“I didn’t know I was wanted in Israel,” he said. “I fell into the trap. I hope I saved my brother’s life.”