The Supreme Court has released its decision not to appeal the sentences of Yosef Haim Ben David and his nephews, who brutally murdered a Palestinian teenager. The attack was in response the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in 2014.

Jerusalem District Court

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of the murderers of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014. The court stated that there was no factual dispute over the case or what happened that night. Since no new information was presented, the charges and punishment will remain as sentenced. Yosef Haim Ben David, the conductor of the murder – along with his two minor-aged nephews, is serving a life sentence plus 20 years.

Ben David and his nephews’ appeals were heard by a panel of three Supreme Court Justices. They rejected the appeal stating that the convicts’ sentencing should serve as “self-examination of Israeli society” and will hopefully lead to a better response to racist extremism. They further stated that the murder can be seen as a “strategic terror attack” which led to a wave of terror in Jerusalem.

Hussein Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s father, welcomed the court’s decision stating he was “furious when the murderers were filing to reduce their sentences.” Abu Khdeir further mentioned the outrage that would have erupted from east Jerusalem had the sentences been reduced.

Ben David and his nephews kidnapped Abu Khdeir, beat him to unconsciousness and set him on fire in the Jerusalem forest. The murder was in response to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians in 2014, which ignited Operation Protective Edge.