LOD, Israel – An Israeli settler was sentenced on Monday to three life imprisonment as well as 20 years in connection with the murder of a Palestinian couple and their young son at their home in July 2015.
The attack on the Dabasaheh family in the northern West Bank village of Duma horrified Palestinians, who have long condemned it for their indifferent attitude to settler violence with Israel.
But the gruesome nature of the killings shook the people on both sides of the divide, and at the same time condemned the Israeli leaders. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it an act of terrorism.
In addition to the prison sentence, a three-judge panel at the Lod District Court in central Israel settled on 26 days for paying $ 288,893 to members of the 26-year-old Databasha family, with compensation to Amirram Ben-Uliel within 90 days. Ordered.
Judge Ruth Lorch stated that Mr Ben-Uliel had not acted in a “spontaneous manner” a reckless act, but rather that his actions were “subjugated by racism and an extremist ideology” and which was an extremist ideology. “
Mr. Ben-Ulial sentenced by video conference. Soon after Judge Lorch finished reading the ruling, Mr. Ben Ullil’s wife, Orion, condemned the judges.
“Shame on you all!” He shouted.
“You are all murderers” replied a supporter of the Dawoodshah family.
In May, the judges convicted Mr Ben-Uliel of murder, attempted murder, arson and “conspiracy to commit a crime motivated by racism”.
In this attack, 32-year-old Saad Dawood Shah and 27-year-old Riham Dabsaheh killed their 18-month-old son Ali. His elder son, Ahmed, who was 5 years old at the time of the attack, suffered severe burns but survived.
In its ruling, the court found that Mr. Ben-Uliel planned the attack to avenge the shooting that killed a settler about a month ago. The court said it had accepted creep through an olive grove and sacked several Palestinian houses to carry out an attack in the heart of the village and caused more fear.
Using bottles of grapefruit juice to make firebombs, Mr. Ben-Uliel raided a house, knowing it was empty, the court found. They then targeted another house where the Dawoodsahe family was sleeping.
Hearing the cry, the neighbors rushed to the house and saw Mr. Dabasaheb sleeping on the ground outside and set his wife on fire. Their young son was already dead, and Ahmed could be heard screaming inside.
The verdict stated that Mr. Ben-Uliel had sprinkled “revenge” and “long-lived Messiah” on the walls of the family home in Hebrew.
Witnesses said they saw two masked men burning the family. A teenager, whose name has not been made public because she was a minor at the time of the attack, made a plea last year, admitting that she conspired to carry out ethnically motivated arson in exchange for murder charges against her by prosecutors. Was created.
Leading state prosecutor Yale Etzeman said Monday’s sentencing sent a “significant” message that those who perpetrate racially motivated attacks will be severely punished regardless of their identity. Message from the court, he said: “Terror is terror.”
However, human rights groups have said that while Israel has taken major action to prosecute Jewish criminals committing violence against Palestinians in the most horrific cases, it has invested some resources to mitigate the widespread problem.
“The authorities have created an environment that allows settler violence to escalate,” said Lior Amihai, executive director of the Israeli human rights group Yash Din. “We see new cases every week that never come to court.”
Yash Din reported in December that since 2005 there had been more than 1200 investigations into alleged violence by Palestinian citizens against Jewish Israeli citizens, with only 8 percent leading the indictment.
Om Monday evening, Mr Netanyahu’s son Yair, whose social media posts are often mired in controversies, retweeted a post saying the punishment was part of an effort to harass all nationalist rightists and settlers. The post included a link to an online campaign to raise money for Mr. Ben-Uliyal’s legal costs.
The lawyer representing Mr. Ben-Ulli, Yitzhak Baum, said that his client intended to appeal Monday’s sentence to the Supreme Court.
On the verge of tears, Riham’s father, Hussain Dawood Shah said that nothing will happen to the detriment of his daughter, son-in-law and grandson. And his surviving grandson said, still suffering from his burns.
“As far as I’m concerned, it didn’t bring back my happiness,” he said. “It didn’t bring anything back for me.”