Israeli court convicts Palestinian youth charged with murder

Palestinian Muslim worshipers, who refuse to enter al-Aqsa Mosque compound due to new measures by Israeli regime, pray near a main entrance to the religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

An Israeli Military Court on Wednesday convicted a Palestinian youth on charges of murdering three people in a West Bank settlement in July.

The Ofer Military Court found 19-year-old Omar al-Abed guilty of murdering Yosef Salomon, his daughter Chaya and his son Elad in a knife attack in their home in the settlement of Halamish.

He was convicted of three counts of murder, in addition to attempted murder, incitement and stone-throwing.

Al-Abed, a resident of the village of Kobar in the central West Bank, said he carried out the attack “for Al-Aqsa,’’ a Mosque and a major holy Muslim compound in East Jerusalem, which was at the centre of a Palestinian uprising after Israel installed new metal detectors at the entrance to it.

The Military General Attorney asked the court to punish al-Abed with four life terms, one for each murder and a fourth for the rest of the offenses.

The family of the victims told local media that they demand death penalty for al-Abed.

Israeli military law allows death sentence but this count has never been used.

Israeli politicians, predominantly hawkish Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, have been calling for death sentence against Palestinian attackers.

(Xinhua/NAN)


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