Israel charges two Jews over West Bank family arson attack

Two Jewish citizens charged by Israeli prosecutors over fatal arson attack on Palestinian home in occupied West Bank last year

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Friends and relatives of two Jewish citizens who were indicted for an arson attack last year, stand outside a courtroom at the District court in Lod, central Israel on January, 3, 2016

Israeli prosecutors filed murder charges on Sunday against two Jewish citizens over the July 31 arson attack in the occupied West Bank that killed three members of a Palestinian family.

Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21-year-old, was indicted with three counts of murder, one attempted murder, arson and conspiracy to commit a hate crime, said the Israeli court indictment.

A 17-year-old, who remained unnamed, under a gag order, was charged with being an accessory to committing a racially motivated murder.

Two other Israelis, including a minor, were charged for implication in "other terrorist acts."

These included the arson attacks on the Dormition Abbey in May 2014, and the Church of the Multiplication in June 2015, as well as acts of vandalism on Palestinian property.

Saad and Riham Dawabsha and their 18-month-old son, Ali, were killed last year by attackers who threw firebombs into their home in the village of Duma on July 31.

A Palestinian man inspects the home of the Dawabsha family which was burnt down in an arson attack by Isrealis at Kafr Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, in this July 31, 2015. [Reuters Archive]

Following the arson attack, the words "Vengeance" and "long live the Messiah" were spray-painted on the walls of their home.

Four-year-old Ahmed, survived the attack, but is still being treated for his serious injuries. His condition reportedly remains critical.

The incident was described as a “terror attack” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinians expressed serious concern and frustration over justice in the occupied territory as the case remained unsolved for several months before the indictment.

In the occupied territories, Palestinian suspects are tired under a separate legal ruling which offers very little rights to them.

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