Save up to 90% on a Hartford Courant subscription. Click here to sign up now!

West Bank

Israel convicts 2 youths in 2014 killing of Palestinian teen

A Jerusalem court on Monday convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing last year of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, while delaying the verdict for the third and chief suspect in the case due to a last-minute insanity plea.

The killing of Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death, was in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank — slayings that set off a chain of events that led to the 50-day Gaza war in the summer of 2014.

Monday's verdict could further increase Israeli-Palestinian tensions amid a two-month wave of violence that has been convulsing the region.

In the ruling, Judge Jacob Zaban of Jerusalem's District Court...