Published On: Sun, Jan 3rd, 2016

Charges filed against two suspects in arson killing of Palestinian family

Amiram Ben-Ouliel, 21, named as central suspect; minor also charged with involvement in murder

Amiram Ben-Ouliel,   21,   was named as the central suspect in the murder of the three members of the Dawabsha family at the Palestinian village of Duma in late July -Facebook

 

Prosecutors in Israel filed indictments Sunday against two Jewish suspects, Amiram Ben-Ouliel and an unnamed minor, for the murder of the three members of the Dawabsha family at the Palestinian village of Duma in July 2015.

Ben-Ouliel, aged 21 from Jerusalem, was charged with three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of arson, and one count of conspiring to commit a nationalistically-motivated crime, while the minor was charged with involvement in the murder.

According to the indictments, the pair sought to cause unrest among Israel’s Arab population that would lead to violent confrontations, and to deter the authorities from evacuating Jewish settlements, and to avenge the murder of Malachi Rosenfeld which happened a month earlier.

Oliel, the main figure in the affair, is accused of membership in a terrorist organization. He has admitted planning and carrying out the attack. According to the Israel Security Agency, Oliel and the accused minor incriminated each other. The indictment against the minor also attributes to him involvement in additional criminal nationalist incidents that have taken place in the past eighteen months: the arson attacks on the Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem, on a barn in Akraba, and on vehicles in Tzir Alon, and the puncturing of vehicle tires in Beit Tzafafa near Jerusalem.

Eighteen-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed and his parents fatally injured in the July 31 firebombing. His four-year-old brother was the sole survivor from the immediate family.

 

 

 

 

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