Israeli murderer of Palestinian teen gets life in prison

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

( A Jerusalem court has sentenced the killer of 16-year-old Palestinian boy Muhammad Abu Khdeir to life in prison.

Yosef Haim Ben-David was convicted last month of killing the Khdeir in 2014. The murder followed Hamas's kidnapping and killing of three Israeli Jewish teenagers, ahead of that summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The 30-year-old Ben-David, along with two underage accomplices, abducted, bludgeoned, and burned Abu Khdeir alive. The three perpetrators later said that the crime was committed in revenge for the kidnapping and murder of the Jewish teenagers—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel. Ben-David was sentenced to life in prison with an additional 20 years for other counts. His accomplices were sentenced back in February, with one getting life in prison and the other 21 years.

The Israeli state prosecutor in Ben-David's case said that the damage from his crime was "irreparable" both for the victim’s Palestinian family and for Israel. Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of the murdered teen, said he wanted to "see” Ben-David “die in prison,” the Associated Press reported.

Posted on May 4, 2016 .