Homes of killers of Arab teen will not be demolished

Supreme Court rules act of deterrence not necessary after murderers of Arab teen receive 21 years to life in prison.

Gary Willig ,

Muhammad Abu-Khdeir,
Muhammad Abu-Khdeir,
courtesy of the Khdeir family

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the petition submitted by the parents of Muhammad Abu-Khdeir and ruled that the houses of the murderers of the Arab teen will not be demolished.

Abu-Khdeir, 16, was murdered by Jewish extremists in a revenge killing for the kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists in 2014.

Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein wrote in the ruling: "It is possible to understand the feeling's of the victim's family, which submitted the petition. However, we are dealing with deterrent and punitive measures. It should be remembered that a legal process was conducted against the perpetrators. They were convicted and sentenced to very harsh prison sentences."

Two of Abu-Khdeir's killers received life sentences, while a third killer received a sentence of 21 years in prison.

Justice Rubenstein added that home demolitions were not necessary as a deterrent against future acts of murder against innocent Arabs, as the crime was widely condemned throughout Israeli society and the perpetrators represent "a minority within a minority within a minority."