Israel indicts Jewish extremists for deaths of Palestinian family of three

An Israeli court has indicted a 21-year-old West Bank settler as the main suspect in a firebombing attack which killed a Palestinian family of three in July.  An unnamed minor has been indicted as an accomplice in the attack.

Amiram Ben-Uliel was charged as the main suspect in an arson attack on the Duma home of Saad Dawabsheh, his wife, Riham, and their 18-month-old son, Ali.  Riham and Ali died in the firebombing; Mr. Dawabsheh succumbed to his wounds shortly after.

Two others, 21-year-old Yinon Reuveni, and a second unnamed minor were similarly charged for their complicity in the assault; both were arraigned on a lesser charge of violence against Palestinians.

All four of the suspects charged have been accused of belonging to a Jewish extremist terror group.

Shin Bet, the Israeli security services which carried out the investigation into the attack, said all four suspects admitted their roles in the attacks and the attack was triggered by a Palestinian attack on an Israeli settler earlier in June.

Shin Bet also announced the four suspects are believed to be part of a group of Jewish extremists responsible for a string of attacks on Palestinians over the course of several years and intended to spread fear and alarm among Palestinian settlers in the West Bank.


[The Guardian] [Photo courtesy]