The Judea military court on Sunday sentenced a Hamas militant, found guilty on 46 counts of murder of Israeli citizens, to 54 life terms following his conviction last week.
Ibrahim Hamed, 47, has been a member of the Hamas since 1980s, and commanded the Islamic movement's military wing, al-Qassam Brigades. He was arrested by Israeli forces in 2006.
Hamed was convicted of masterminding and executing a string of deadly bombings during the second Intifada (2000 to 2005), including attacks on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and suicide bombings at several downtown locations.
Between September 2000 and 2005, some 5,500 Palestinians and 1, 100 Israelis died in violent attacks.
During the trial, the prosecution submitted the testimony of Abdullah Barghouti, an explosive engineer now serving 67 life sentences, against Hamed.
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) officials testified that Hamed was a "groundbreaker in the field of strategic terror" and a "model" for other militants.
However, Hamed's attorney, Salah Mahmid, told Ha'aretz daily that "my client does not recognize this court's authority to try him since this is the occupation's court and according to international law, it has no jurisdiction in this case." - PNA