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Two Israelis charged over murder of Palestinian family

Meanwhile, two Jewish extremists were indicted on Sunday, suspected in a July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents.

The main suspect, Amiram Ben-Oliel, 21, was charged with killing three members of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Duma, while a 17-year old Jewish settler was charged with accessory to murder.

Tens of thousands of people attended funerals in the West Bank on Saturday for Palestinians killed in violence over the past few months during a period of near-daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. The arson attack sparked widespread protest and worldwide condemnation and 13 other Israelis have been charged with hate crimes.

The worldwide community regards all Jewish settlements in the West Bank as illegal but Israel makes a distinction between those it has authorised and those it has not.

“We are a state of law and we will enforce the law throughout the State of Israel and vis-à-vis all citizens of Israel”, he said.

Uliel’s guardians said they were “stunned” to learn of the charges, telling Israel’s Channel 7 they trust he is pure.

While 21 Israelis have died, 131 Palestinians have been killed by occupation troops – many of them young protesters. That figure does not include two Israelis killed Friday, in a shooting attack on a Tel Aviv restaurant.

Worldwide human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Israel’s policy withholding the bodies of Palestinians who are killed by Israeli fire.

The suspect’s lawyer described the indictment as “opening a Pandora’s box against the Israeli Security Agency”.

According the Palestinians, one of the reasons behind the fresh violence is Israel’s attempts to change the status quo of the al-Aqsa Mosque, a place highly revered by Muslims across the world.

The previous attack occurred in the afternoon, when a female soldier was shot by a sniper near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

Mahmoud said Israeli intelligence demanded the bodies of both Manasrah and Ali to be buried in the village of Anata, east of Jerusalem, and to bury the bodies of Badran and Qunaibi in the nearby area of Kafr Aqab.

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