Middle East

Court convicts Israeli in Palestinian teenager's 2014 murder

  • Israeli Yosef Haim Ben David, convicted in the killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, arrives to a court in Jerusalem Tuesday.

    Israeli Yosef Haim Ben David, convicted in the killing of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, arrives to a court in Jerusalem Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

  • Israeli Yosef Haim Ben David, center.

    Israeli Yosef Haim Ben David, center.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A Jerusalem district court has convicted the main suspect in the July 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager.

The court convicted 30-year-old Yosef Haim Ben David on Tuesday of murder, rejecting a plea that he was not responsible for his actions. Ben David is to be sentenced next month.

Two other Israelis have already been sentenced for their roles in the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in revenge for the death of three abducted Israeli teens earlier that summer. The Israelis snatched Khdeir from an east Jerusalem neighborhood, drove him to a Jerusalem forest and burned him to death.

The gruesome killing sparked deep outrage in Israel and was part of a series of events that helped spark the Gaza war later that summer.