Mohammad Abu Khdeir: Israeli youths convicted over Palestinian teen's burning death
Mohammad Abu Khdeir: Israeli youths convicted over Palestinian teen's burning death

Mohammad Abu Khdeir: ‘Israeli youths’ convicted over Palestinian teen’s burning death

A Jerusalem court has convicted two Israeli youths over the killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death in east Jerusalem.

Mohammad Abu Khdeir was taken from his home in east Jerusalem on 2 July, 2014.

After being forced into a car, he was driven to a forest where he was beaten with a tyre iron and then set on fire.

Three defendants, including two minors, confessed to the abduction, bludgeoning and burning of the 16-year-old.

His death was described as revenge for the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank by Hamas militants.

An Israeli court delayed the verdict against a third defendant, 31-year-old Yosef Haim Ben David, pending a psychological report after his lawyer claimed he was unfit for trial.

The Palestinian teenager’s father slammed the trial as “a lie” during an interview with Israeli Army Radio.

The boy’s murder sparked violence in the Arab suburb of Shuafat in Jerusalem after news spread of the discovery of his body.

The killing – and the murders of the three Israeli youths days earlier – triggered a chain of events that led to the 50-day Gaza war.

Sixteen-year-olds Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach disappeared on 12 June, 2014.

Israel launched a concerted military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip after their bodies were discovered near the village of Halhul, on 1 July, 2014.

Rocket attacks and airstrikes between Israel and Gaza continued for weeks.


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