An Israeli court has sentenced a Jewish settler to life imprisonment including 20 years for murdering a Palestinian family in a 2015 firebomb attack on their home in the occupied West Bank.
The district court determined that Amiram Ben-Uliel led a racially-motivated attack on the Dawabsheh home after finding the terms “Revenge” and “Long Live the Messiah,” spray-painted on the family home walls alongside a depiction of the Star of David.
The attack killed Saad Dawabsheh, 32, and Riham Dawabsheh, 27, along with their 18-month-old son, Ali.
Then four–year–old Ahmed Dawabsheh was the only family member to survive the attack with severe burns.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other political officials have called this a terrorist attack led by Jewish extremists.
Israeli officials say that suspects continue to thwart their investigation efforts into Jewish militant and extremist attacks on Palestinians because suspects elude electronic surveillance by operating within tight circles.
Palestinians continue to express outrage over the Dawabsheh murder and contend that the attack is one of many targeted attacks against Palestinians in the illegally occupied West Bank.