On Thursday, an Israeli court decided to release the main settler who planned the arson attack onĀ the Dawabsha family in Douma village, near Nablus, killing three people, including a baby.
According to the decision of the Israeli court in Lod, Israeli police must release the accused and transfer him to house arrest.
The courtās decision was based on the allegation that the accused had participated in planning the crime of throwing Molotov cocktails atĀ the Dawabsha family home, but did not participate in the operation itself.
The court decided that the accused settler be subject to house arrest, and wear an electronic armband that tells the Israeli police about his location, according to the PNN.
The crime of throwing Molotov cocktails at the house of Dawabsha occurred on the 31st July, 2015, and led to the death of baby Ali Dawabsha and his parents, Raham and Saad, while the 5-year-old child, Ahmad, suffered serious burns, but survived the crime.
Nasser Dawabsha, a relative of the afflicted family, told WAFA that the court decided to place the murderer, a minor, under house arrest and banned him from leaving the country or to use the phones or internet.
āIt is a sad day for the family,ā he said. āThe decision brought back to us dreadful memories of the fire at my brotherāsĀ Ā house and when we tried to save them. The scene has been re-enacted with the court ruling.ā
Dawabsha accused the Israeli court and judge of being racist and of double standard, saying that if the accused was Palestinian he and his family would have been punished severely and their home demolished, and even their entire village would have been subjected to collective punishment. āBut, when the crime is perpetrated by Israelis, the courts try to find anything to get them out of it.ā
He said, āThe Israeli court system gives impunity to the murderers of Palestinians and the more reason to continue to attack them.ā
He said that the family has no choice but to pursue the case at Israeli courts before appealing to international courts for justice, if all efforts to convict the murderers fail.
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