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Israeli charged with stoning Palestinian mother to death allowed back to West Bank settlement

Aisha Mohammed Rabi was killed by Israeli settlers in 2018 [Twitter]

Date of publication: 3 May, 2020

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Less than two years after Aisha Mohammed Rabi was brutally killed by stone-hurling Israeli settlers, the main suspect, a minor, is allowed back to the settlement.
An Israeli court district has allowed a young Israeli settler, suspected of killing a Palestinian mother of eight in her car in 2018, to go back to the settlement, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

The 47-year-old Palestinian, Aisha Mohammed Rabi, died of injuries sustained after Israeli settlers threw stones at her car at a checkpoint near Nablus in the northern West Bank, also injuring her husband.

While there were multiple suspects in the case, all suspects were later released, with the exception of the unnamed minor, who was indicted for manslaughter after traces of his DNA were found on the stone, according to Haaretz.

The indicted adolescent, who can't be publicly named under Israeli law, was released on house arrest in his grandparents' home.

Despite objections by state prosecutors, the suspect will be allowed to return to the West Bank settlement he lives in. According to Haaretz, prosecutors feared the suspect's potential "link up with extremist elements".

Although Israeli law allows for the jailing of minors convicted of serious crimes, including manslaughter, the law is used discriminately to jail Palestinian children, while Israelis are allowed to walk free – even if they pose a threat to innocent Palestinians.

In 2018, shortly after Rabi's death, Israel suspended the work permits of her husband and brothers, barring them from entering Israeli territories for work, according to Israeli media reports quoted at the time by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Read more: Israel 'cancels work permits' for family of Palestinian mother stoned to death by settlers

According to Israel's interior ministry, over 450,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.

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