- Title: Minor who helped to kill Palestinian baby, parents gets for 3.5 years in jail
- Date: 16th September 2020
- Summary: LOD, ISRAEL (SEPTEMBER 16, 2020) (REUTERS) BUILDING OF LOD CENTRAL REGION DISTRICT COURT SIGN READING IN ARABIC, HEBREW AND ENGLISH 'LOD CENTRAL REGION DISTRICT COURT' VARIOUS OF SECURITY INSIDE COURT LAWYERS AT COURT GRANDFATHER OF THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF DUMA ARSON, HUSSEIN DAWABSHEH TALKING TO LAWYER (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) GRANDFATHER OF THE ONLY SURVIVOR OF DUMA ARSON AHMED DAWABSHEH, HUSSEIN DAWABSHEH, SAYING: "It (court decision) didn't help me in anything because I live with Ahmed and I sit with Ahmed, I am always next to him but two days ago I wanted to help him to go to school and he was supposed to put a mask in this time; I want to put the mask for him but couldn't because he doesn't have ear I couldn't put the mask. He started to cry and told me why I am like this; why they did that to me? What did I do to them?"
- Embargoed: 30th September 2020 16:21
- Keywords: 2015 Duma attack Duma Israel Palestinians court settlers
- Location: LOD, ISRAEL/DUMA, WEST BANK
- City: LOD, ISRAEL/DUMA, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001CVXS6DJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An Israeli court sentenced a minor Jewish settler to three years and a half on Wednesday (September 16) for helping to kill a Palestinian couple and their baby in a 2015 arson attack in the occupied West Bank.
The deaths of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his parents Saad and Riham in the village of Duma contributed to a surge of Israeli-Palestinian violence after peace talks stalled in 2014.
The defendant, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was indicted for helping to murder. Another Dawabsheh son, Ahmed, survived with severe burns.
He has been in prison for the past two years and eight months, making him eligible for release around March 2021.
On Monday, a district court in Lod in central Israel sentenced Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21 at the time of the killings, to three consecutive life terms for the murders and another 20 years for the attempted murders.
Ben-Uliel firebombed the Dawabsheh family home and another dwelling in Duma after spray-painting "Revenge" and "Long Live King Messiah" on their walls, the Lod court found.
Israel's Shin Bet internal security service, which had interrogated Ben-Uliel, hailed that verdict as "an important milestone in the struggle against Jewish terrorism".
But Palestinians see Israel as sluggish in cracking down on Jewish militants, compared with the speedy and sometimes lethal response by security forces to violence by Arabs.
(Production: Roleen Tafakji/Sinan Abu Mayzer)
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