Abu Khder family sues son's killers for millions

Family of Arab youth demands millions of shekels in compensation from those convicted of his murder.

Orli Harari ,

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The family of the Jerusalem Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khder filed a civil suit against the three Jews convicted of murdering him in the Jerusalem Forest in July 2014.

The Arab family, from the Shuafat neighborhood of Jerusalem, has demanded that the three compensate the family with over five and a half million shekels ($1.6 million).

The family's suit comes after the Supreme Court in February rejected the appeal of Yosef Ben Haim and two other minors convicted of murdering the 16-year-old Arab boy.

The murder took place more than two years earlier in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of the three youths Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah, which also led to a wave of violence in eastern Jerusalem.

Ben Haim, the main defendant, was convicted in May 2016 by the Jerusalem District Court of the abduction and murder of Abu Khder; The court sentenced him to life imprisonment and another 20 years in prison. He was also ordered to compensate the Abu Khder family 150,000 shekels.

One of the minors was sentenced to life imprisonment and 3 more years in prison, while the second was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Both were ordered to pay the Abu Khder family 30,000 shekels.