Israel convicts two Jews in Abu Khdeir murder case

Israeli court convicted two Jewish youths in the murder case of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was burnt alive

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Photo by: Getty Images

One of the convicted suspects of Killing Palestinian teen Mohamed Abu Khdeir, April 21, 2015

Israeli court found two Jewish Israelis guilty of the murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem by burning him to death.

A third defendant was not formally convicted, as he’s waiting for a pending a psychological review that would end in December 20, Israeli broadcasters said.

The Abu Khdeir murder case happened in July 2014, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped, beaten and burnt alive by Israeli attackers.

Prosecutors said the three defendants, 31-year-old ultra-Orthodox man and two minors said they abducted Abu Khdeir in an act of revenge for allegedly killed Israelis three days before Abu Khdeir’s death during the Gaza 2014 war.

On Sunday evening, only hours before Abu Khdeir’s case verdict, Israeli police killed 17-year-old teen Ayman Samih al Abbasi, in the neighbourhood of Silwan, in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Abbasi was reportedly shot in the chest deliberately, Palestinian Health Ministry said. After they boy’s death, Israeli police stormed Ein al Lozeh Medical Center searching for his dead body but did not find it. Medical staff inside the Ein al Lozeh were prevented from leaving for hours.

A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2015.

Unrest grovels over the Palestinian occupied territories, since the eve of the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah mid September, killing at least 103 Palestinians and 19 Israelis. Most of the killed Palestinians are teenagers as young as 12, and some are killed by Israeli armed civilians, and some were killed while attempting knife attacks.

Palestinians say the recent violence is a result of frustration from nearly a half-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest while Israel says it is due to a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Muslim holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque.

Frustrated by the failure of decades of peace talks to deliver them an independent state, Palestinians also say Israeli forces can detain and stop assailants instead of directly shooting them, and shooting suspects as well, without making sure that the killed Palestinian was in fact attempting an attack.

All the violence comes one year after last year's war on Gaza, that caused a streak of horrid casualties to the coastal enclave bordering Egypt. War of 2014 displaced half a million people and left considerably big parts of Gaza completely destroyed.

More than 20,000 houses were destroyed, along with 148 schools, 15 hospitals and 45 medical centers. In addition to 247 factories and 300 malls, left totally or partially damaged, as well as damaged power plants which causes major power shortage crises in the Palestinian lands.

TRTWorld and agencies