Israeli Yosef Haim Ben David Convicted of Burning Palestinian Teenager to Death

Yosef Haim Ben David was convicted for the July 2014 murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir
By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
April 19, 2016 1:33 pm Last Updated: April 19, 2016 1:33 pm

Yosef Haim Ben David was convicted on April 19 for the July 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager.

Ben David, 30, the main suspect of the crime, was convicted by a district court in Jerusalem, after rejecting his insanity plea claiming he was not responsible for his actions.

“The court has found that at the time he committed the offense, the accused was not psychotic, fully understood the facts, was responsible for his actions, had no difficulty in understanding reality and had the capacity to prevent the crime,” said the Justice Ministry, according to the Times of Israel.

Ben David will be sentenced next month and may face up to life in prison for the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, which was a revenge for the death of three kidnapped Israeli teens earlier that summer.

Suha (L), the mother of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed last year, stands with protestors outside the district court in Jerusalem on November 30, 2015. The Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli minors of the kidnapping and burning alive of a Palestinian teenager in the run-up to the 2014 Gaza war, while the third defendant Yosef Haim Ben-David's mental state will be evaluated. Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted and killed on July 2, 2014, weeks after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Suha (L), the mother of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed last year, stands with protestors outside the district court in Jerusalem on November 30, 2015. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Two other Israelis have already been sentenced for their involvement in the murder of Kheider.

The Israelis caught Khdeir from a neighborhood in East Jerusalem. They took him to a forest in Jerusalem and burned him to death.

“Every time I see the faces of those who burned my son, I can’t sleep at night. Such a person should not be shown any leniency, he should get a life sentence,” said the father of the victim, Hussein Abu Khdeir.

Hussein (L), the father of killed Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, listens to Arab-Israeli Knesset member, Ahmad al-Tibi, as he speaks to the media at a Jerusalem district court in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016. An Israeli court ruled that a Jewish man found to be the ringleader of the beating and burning alive of the Palestinian teenager in 2014 was sane and responsible for his actions. Israeli settler Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, was found in November to have led the assault, but his lawyers had submitted last-minute documents saying he suffered from mental illness.  / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Hussein (L), the father of killed Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, listens to Arab-Israeli Knesset member, Ahmad al-Tibi, as he speaks to the media at a Jerusalem district court in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

The brutal murder of Khdeir sparked riots and tension between Israelis and Palestinians. The events sparked the Gaza war later that summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.