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Arabs Sentenced in Murder of U.S. Immigrant

June 18, 1991 GMT

JERUSALEM (AP) _ A photograph of three Arab men was the key evidence in the trial where they were convicted of slaying the man who snapped the shot.

A military court in Nablus in the occupied West Bank sentenced Fahim Ibrahim, 23, and Mustafa al-Haj, 23, to life in prison Sunday. Bilal Jamra, 22, received a 20-year sentence as an accessory to the crime.

The men confessed to the stabbing death of Frederick Steven Rosenfeld, 48, a former resident of Washington, D.C., who moved to Israel in 1968.

In their testimony, the Palestinians said they met Rosenfeld when he was hiking alone near their West Bank village on June 17, 1989, reported the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, which published the photograph Monday.

It said the three befriended him, chatted for awhile, then posed for the camera. Minutes after the picture was taken, the three stabbed Rosenfeld and left him for dead, according to their confession.

Authorities said Rosenfeld apparently took the film from the camera just before he bled to death. They said photographs from the film were used to identify the three suspects.