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Israel indicts Jewish extremists in deadly arson attack

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. A minor has also been indicted on conspiracy charges, police added.

Since a wave of violence erupted at the start of October, 138 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, according to an AFP count, most while carrying out attacks on Israelis.

In response to incessant incitement by the Palestinian leadership, hundreds of terror attacks – stabbings, vehicular homicide, shootings – have recently been perpetrated by Palestinian women, men, and children as young as 11, resulting in hundreds of Israeli casualties.

They come more than five months after the pre-dawn attack on the Dawabsha family home in the West Bank village of Duma that killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, and fatally wounded his parents. A 4-year-old boy is the only survivor from the family and is still hospitalized. Following the attack, at the request of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the political-security cabinet approved the use of administrative detention against suspected Jewish terrorists.

But critics have said that similar, albeit not deadly, attacks have festered for years with little action by the government.

But for months, Palestinians watched angrily as the case remained unsolved, intensifying a feeling of skewed justice in the occupied territory, where suspected Palestinian militants are prosecuted under a separate system of military law that gives them few rights.

These included the arson attacks on the Dormition Abbey in May 2014 and the Church of the Multiplication in June 2015, as well as vandalism of Palestinian property. The so-called “price tag” attacks seek to exact a cost for Israeli steps seen as favoring the Palestinians.

On Dec. 24, the Register reported: “Twenty Israelis… died, and at least 120 Palestinians have been killed”.

Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of al-Aqsa.

Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service, carried out a series of arrests and investigations of dozens of Israeli settlers, before revealing that arson attacks were the work of a group that calls itself the Revolt Group.

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