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    A mourner next to the body of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family's house was set to fire in Duma village, West Bank. | Photo: Reuters

Published 3 January 2016

After being detained for months, two Israelis have been charged with the murder of a Palestinian toddler and his parents. 

A court charged two Israelis over a savage firebomb attack last year that killed a Palestinian couple and their toddler, in an incident that drew global condemnation, various news outlets reported Sunday.

Amiram Ben Oleal, 21, was indicted on Sunday for three counts of murder on the basis of a hate crime. Oleal was charged along with a 17-year old who was indicted as an accessory to murder. The child wasn’t named under a court gag order.

While Yinon Reuveni, 20, and another minor were charged for other violence against Palestinians.

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The charges come more than five months after the July 31. early morning attack on the Dawabsha family home in the West Bank village of Duma. 

The explosions killed 18-month-old Ali Saad and his parents, Saad and Riham Dawabsha.

Ali Saad’s brother Ahmed, who was four at the time of the arson attack, was the sole survivor from the immediate family although he was badly injured.

The time the charges took to be leveled have drawn criticism from numerous human rights groups who say there is a culture of impunity in Israel that allows attacks on Palestinians.

"This case took place months ago and during that time, unlike what the Israelis do when Palestinians are accused of violence, I didn't see that they closed down the entire settlement from which these people came", Diana Buttu, a lawyer and spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, told Al Jazeera.

"I didn't see that they went on a house-to-house search, imposed curfews, took DNA samples, that people were held without charge or without trial," she added

In the meantime, Saad's brother Naser was unconvinced by Israel's commitment to the prosecution saying, "We have no trust in the Israeli judiciary. They would not have launched an investigation were it not for the international pressure on them."

Perpetrator Ben Oleal told police that the attack was retaliation for the drive by shooting of Israeli settler, Malachi Rosenfeld near Shilo, in June 2015. 

The events of July 31. drew renewed attention to Jewish extremism with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeling the crimes as "terrorism," a word usually used by Israelis to refer to violence committed by Palestinians.

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