An Israeli court has sentenced a pregnant Palestinian to life in prison for the murder of a 14-year-old Israeli girl who was raped and left for dead on a bus.
The 14-week-old Palestinian was found dead in a Jerusalem street on December 9, 2013, when her father, Yasser, found her lifeless and bleeding on the street after receiving a call from his wife, Fatima.
The family is now appealing the verdict in the High Court, saying that it was not the first time Yasser had raped his daughter.
Israel’s justice ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
The court on Sunday also sentenced three other Palestinian minors to life imprisonment, saying they should be punished for “violating the rights of the mother” to take care of their children.
The verdicts are part of a wider crackdown on Palestinians under Israeli law.
The number of Palestinians convicted of crimes against children rose from 2,600 in 2012 to 5,971 in 2013, according to the government-affiliated National Law Center for Children’s Rights.
The rise was mostly due to a spike in the number of cases filed against children accused of crimes by Israeli security forces.
According to the center, over 300 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in 2014, including nearly all of them minors.
Israel also arrested over 2,000 Palestinians in 2014 for alleged offenses against children, including rape and kidnapping.