RAMALLAH, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians condemned on Monday the Israeli Justice Ministry's decision to hand a light sentence to an Israeli who pled guilty to murdering a Palestinian family in the West Bank in 2015.
The Human Rights and Civil Society Department in Palestine Liberation Organization said in a press statement that "the 'acquittal' of the murderer of Dawabsha family is a legislation to kill the Palestinians by the Israeli judiciary."
"The Israeli judiciary proves once again that its real role ... is to provide cover and protection to murderers in accordance to the racist and fascist occupation laws" the Israeli parliament has enacted against the Palestinians, it added.
A day earlier, the Israeli Ministry of Justice announced that it reached a deal with the Attorney General to give the Israeli man involved in the attack on the Palestinian family a 5.5-year imprisonment sentence.
"This decision is an explicit call on the Israeli settlers to continue their crimes against the Palestinians and to expropriate their blood in all ways and methods, including burning them alive," said the PLO statement.
According to Israeli Radio, the Justice Ministry said the young man was a teenager when the incident occurred, adding he admitted that he threw flammable materials on the home of the Dawabsha family in Nablus in July 2015.
The attack killed Ali Dawabsha, an 18-month-old infant, and his parents. Only the 4-year-old Ahmad survived.