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Israeli Court Convicts Man in Palestinian Teen's 2014 Murder

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FILE - Relatives of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was killed in 2014, hold posters bearing his portrait outside the Jerusalem district court during a hearing on Feb. 4, 2016.

FILE - Relatives of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was killed in 2014, hold posters bearing his portrait outside the Jerusalem district court during a hearing on Feb. 4, 2016.

An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted the man who led the 2014 revenge killing and burning of a Palestinian teenager that helped spark a 50-day war in Gaza.

The court rejected an insanity plea by Yosef Haim Ben David, saying he was fully aware of his actions at the time of the murder. He is due to be sentenced next month.

Two other Israelis have already been convicted for the killing, with one getting a life sentence and the other 21 years in prison.

All three confessed to killing 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir after snatching him from an East Jerusalem street and driving him to an Israeli forest. The crime was carried out in retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens by Hamas militants near the West Bank.

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