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Israeli 'helped suicide bomber'
Kfir Levy (photo courtesy of Shin Bet)
Levy said he did not know his passenger was a bomber
An Israeli Jew has been charged with helping a Palestinian suicide bomber enter Israel, where he blew himself up last month, killing five people.

Kfir Levy, 25, has been charged with manslaughter, along with two Israeli Arabs also suspected of helping the attacker to reach the city of Netanya.

Israel's security service says Mr Levy drove the bomber through a checkpoint. Mr Levy denies the charge.

It is the second time an Israeli Jew has been charged over such an attack.

Last year, an Israeli taxi driver was sentenced to six months' community service for driving a suicide bomber to Geha, near Tel Aviv, where he killed four people, in 2003.

'Unaware'

The Shin Bet security service says Mr Levy and Israeli Arab Sif Azam drove the bomber from the West Bank city of Tulkarm to the Israeli Arab town of Taibeh.

Scene of Netanya bombing, 12 July 2005
Five people were killed in the Netanya attack

It said Mr Levy's vehicle was not subjected to security checks at an army roadblock because it had Israeli license plates.

A second Israeli Arab, Abed al-Rahman Abu-Moh, allegedly drove the bomber the rest of the way to Netanya.

All the suspects deny knowing the passenger planned to carry out an attack.

Investigators say Mr Levy and Mr Azam claimed the passenger, Ahmed Jawi, from Atil, told them that a briefcase he was carrying contained clothes and tools for committing burglaries.

Mr Levy's lawyer, David Zilberman, said his client was not aware of Jawi's plan.

"If he had known that he was carrying a suicide bomber in his vehicle, he would have done everything possible for him to be arrested," he told Israel radio.

Mr Levy and Mr Azam were reportedly paid 1,000 Israeli shekels ($220) for their efforts.


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