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Jewish teens found guilty in murder of Palestinian

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Jewish teens were found guilty of the murder of a Palestinian teen who was burned to death in the Jerusalem forest. The verdict in the kidnapping and killing of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, was handed down Monday morning, Nov. 30, in Jerusalem District Court. The court also found that the third defendant, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, of the Adam settlement in the West Bank, carried out the crimes for which he was accused, but delayed issuing a verdict due to the last-minute submission of an insanity plea. The court will further discuss his case on Dec. 20. The teens have not been identified because they were minors at the time of the crime. They will be sentenced next month. Khdeir was beaten unconscious and then burned to death in the Jerusalem Forest on July 2, 2014, to avenge the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens the previous month, Ben-David told police. The murdered teen’s family, residents of eastern Jerusalem, attended all the court sessions and have called for life sentences in prison for all three of those involved in the murder.

CAP: Police escort Yosef Haim Ben-David, one of the three Jewish suspects in the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, in the Disctrict Court in Jerusalem, on November 30, 2015. Abu Khdeir, 16, a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and killed in Jerusalem, almost a year ago. His murder sparked violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel.Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

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