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Ringleader in murder of Palestinian teen ruled mentally fit

(JTA) — The Israeli man convicted of organizing the revenge murder of a Palestinian teenager in 2014 was ruled mentally fit to be sentenced. An Israeli court ruled Monday, Feb. 22 that Yosef Ben-David, 31, of the West Bank settlement Adam, can be sentenced. Ben-David was convicted of the murder along with two minors in November.

His insanity plea, which claimed he should not be held responsible for his actions at the time of the kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, noted that he has a history of mental illness and has been under medication for his condition. The three kidnapped Khdeir, then beat and burned him alive in the Jerusalem Forest in July 2014. The crime took place soon after the bodies of three Jewish teens who had been kidnapped and murdered by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas were found in the West Bank. Ben-David’s accomplices were sentenced earlier this month: one to life in prison, the other to 21 years.

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