Israeli Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Palestinian Teen

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem court has sentenced an Israeli to life in prison for the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager.

A second Israeli was sentenced to 21 years in jail. Both Israelis were minors at the time.

They were convicted of murdering 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in revenge for the death of three abducted Israeli teens, part of a series of events that culminated in the 2014 Gaza war.

State prosecutor Ori Korb told reporters Thursday that the punishment reflects the “barbaric” act that marked a “moral nadir.”

A third Israeli is awaiting a verdict for his role in the crime.

Hussein Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s father, told Israel Radio he would appeal the shorter sentence to the Supreme Court.

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