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Israel convicts two Jewish defendants in Palestinian teen's 'revenge' murder

Published 30/11/2015 | 08:12

Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair during his funeral in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair during his funeral in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
Mother of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khudeir cries as she meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The 16-year-old's burnt body was discovered in a Jerusalem forest last week. Photo: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

An Israeli court on Monday found two Jewish defendants guilty of the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, but held off on formally convicting a third man pending a psychological review, Israeli broadcasters said.

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Prosecutors said the three, two of whom were minors, had confessed to abducting, bludgeoning and burning Mohammed Abu Khudair in what they described as revenge for the killing days earlier of three Israeli youths by Hamas militants.

The incidents touched off Israeli-Palestinian violence culminating in the seven-week Gaza war.

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