Right-wing activists are pressuring a teen suspected of involvement the Dawabsheh family’s 2015 murder not to sign a plea deal offered by Israel’s State Prosecutor’s Office.
Last week it emerged that Israel’s State Prosecutor’s Office was in talks with the teen – who cannot be named because he was a minor at the time the offense was committed – to offer him a plea bargain in return for confession of his involvement in the case.
State in plea bargain talks with teen accomplice in Duma terror attack https://t.co/N1z8ydI9eA
— TOI Israel Region (@TOIIsraelRegion) April 5, 2019
The teen was indicted in 2016 on charges of conspiring to commit a racially-motivated crime, six counts of arson and racially-motivated vandalism, but these could be reduced if he agrees to sign the deal.
— Abbs Winston (@AbbsWinston) July 31, 2015
Notably, the teen has not been charged with attempted murder or murder, despite the fact that three members of the Dawabsheh family – father Saad, mother Riham and their 18-month-old son Ali – all died as a result of the arson attack on their home in the West Bank village of Duma. The only survivor of the attack, then-five-year-old Ahmed, was left orphaned.
Analysis by Ramzy Baroud:
"Ali Dawabsha is not the first Palestinian child to be burnt to death, although the… http://t.co/PoQ5CMjiqq
— Javed Rashid (@Javedrashid) August 5, 2015
However, yesterday it emerged that right-wing activists are pressuring the teen not to sign the plea bargain.
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