Jewish teens convicted of murdering Arab teen receive prison sentences

The funeral of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

The funeral of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

(JNS.org) Two out of the three Jewish teenagers convicted of the burning 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir to death in July 2014 received prison sentences on Thursday in a Jerusalem court.

One of the murderers, 17, was given a life sentence. A second murderer, 16, was sentenced to 21 years in prison. The third convicted teenager is attempting to plead insanity and has not yet been sentenced. The names of all three Jewish teenagers remain under gag order.

Abu Khdeir, an Arab boy from Shuafat in eastern Jerusalem, was kidnapped and burned to death while waiting to enter a mosque, an attack carried out in retaliation for Hamas terrorists' kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers in Gush Etzion in June 2014.

In addition to the prison sentences, the Jewish minor who received a life sentence was ordered to pay NIS 30,000 (about $7,700) to the family of Abu Khdeir and NIS 5,000 (about $1,300) to the family of another Arab teenager who the group had attempted to kidnap. The other sentenced murderer was also ordered to pay NIS 30,000 to the family of Abu Khdeir.

Posted on February 4, 2016 .