Israeli gets life for burning alive Palestinian teen

Yosef Haim Ben David who was the ringleader who burned a Palestinian teen has been sentenced life in jail and was also sentenced to an additional 20 years for other crimes

Israeli gets life for burning alive Palestinian teen

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Israeli court on Tuesday handed down a life sentence to the ringleader of a Jewish gang that kidnapped, beat and burned alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014.

Barely two hours later, a Palestinian rammed a car into a group of Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank and injured three, including one seriously.

Settler Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, was sentenced in a Jerusalem court for killing 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and was also given 20 years for other crimes.

He was also told to pay 150,000 shekels ($39,000, 34,000 euros) to Abu Khdeir's family.

After the verdict, angry relatives of the victim cursed Ben-David as he was led from the court.

Ben-David, wearing a burgundy yarmulke and a black shirt, had earlier told the court he was "sorry".

"I am sorry for the family. This is not me. I wasn't in control," he said.

Ben-David and two young accomplices kidnapped Abu Khdeir from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on July 2, 2014 and beat him up.

His burned body was found hours later in a forest in the western part of the city.

A forensic report showed the presence of smoke in his lungs, indicating that the boy had been alive when set alight.

Ben-David was found in November to have led the assault, but his lawyers submitted last-minute documents saying he was mentally ill.

A court rejected that appeal last month, ruling that he was sane at the time of the attack.

In February, a court sentenced his two young Israeli accomplices to life and 21 years in prison for the killing, but Ben-David was seen to be the ringleader.

Abu Khdeir's father Hussein, speaking before Tuesday's verdict, said no punishment would be enough.

"Whatever they decide, our wounds will not heal -- the boy will not come back," he told AFP.

His brutal murder in 2014 shocked Israelis and Palestinians alike, and contributed to an escalation in violence that culminated in the 50-day Gaza war that summer in which more than 2,000 Palestinians and 73 Israelis died.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Mayıs 2016, 09:41