DNA of Jewish teen found on rock that killed Palestinian woman, court says

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

DNA of Jewish teen found on rock that killed Palestinian woman, court says

Teen suspected of being involved in the deathof Palestinian mother Aisha Mohammed Rabi, 47, faces court

Aisha Mohammed Rabi, (Courtesy) - via Times of Israel
Aisha Mohammed Rabi, (Courtesy) - via Times of Israel

The DNA of a Jewish teen suspected in the death of a Palestinian woman in a rock-throwing attack in the West Bank was found on the rock that killed her.

The Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court announced the finding on Wednesday, when it gave prosecutors one more day to file an indictment against the minor or order him released. He has been in custody since his Dec. 30 arrest by the Israel Security Agency.

The judge also reportedly said that the teen gave an explanation about why his DNA was on the rock, the first time he provided testimony since his arrest.

Prosecutors filed a statement last week saying that they would indict the teen, whose name is under a gag order, but did not say what the charges would be.

Four other teens from the Pri Haaretz Yeshiva high school in the West Bank settlement of Rehalim were arrested for suspected involvement in the incident and have since been released, though they could still be charged.

Aisha Mohammed Rabi, 47, was killed at the Tapuah Junction in mid-October when a rock thrown at the car driven by her husband struck Rabi in the head. Her husband told the international media that the rocks were thrown from near a Jewish settlement and that he heard people speaking Hebrew, though he did not see them.

The Honenu organisation, which provides free legal defence for Jewish settlers, has called the interrogation of the teens “brutal.”

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more: