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Kfar Duma Arson Case


Demonstration of torture methods; Photo credit: Otzma Yehudit

Since the July 2015 arson attack on the Dawabsheh family's house Kfar Duma, Honenu has assisted many Jews accused of involvement with the crime. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – click here – various articles and short videos on the subject. For a selection of cases in which Honenu Attorneys represented defendants and GSS interrogatees, see the links below

March 31, 2022: Ben Uliel still held under severe conditions

March 8, 2022: Rabbinical establishment demands fair trial for Ben Uliel

March 7, 2022: First Supreme Court hearing held on Ben Uliel's appeal

March 7, 2022: Protest for Ben Uliel: "Torture Leads To Lies!"

March 6, 2022: Six house-torchings in one year: What actually happened in Kfar Duma?

March 6, 2022: The car that was or wasn't

March 6, 2022: The reenactment – Where is the missing recording?

Screenshot, Malchut Ben Uliel; Courtesy of the family

March 6, 2022: The cement pillars that Ben Uliel did not remember

March 6, 2022: The matter of "concealed information"

March 6, 2022: The black car, selective validation of testimony

March 6, 2022: The GSS admitted that the Kfar Duma murder has not been completely solved

March 6, 2022: Ben Uliel's daughter: "It's very hard for me. Please come to the protest."

March 1, 2022: Duma case: New video demonstrates GSS torture method

September 1, 2021: “Wedding of Hate” defendants exonerated

August 17, 2021: Supreme Court ordered DA’s office to present confidential material

July 27, 2021: Honenu – Podcast listings

July 27, 2021: Episode 4 of Honenu’s podcast: Duma case, Part 4

July 15, 2021: Court rejects Duma case minor’s appeal

July 7, 2021: Episode 3 of Honenu’s podcast: Duma case, Part 3

June 30, 2021: Episode 2 of Honenu’s podcast: Duma case, Part 2

June 27, 2021: Ben Uliel’s attorneys request investigative material – Appeals stage

June 22, 2021: Honenu launches podcast

April 28, 2021: Defense might request retrial for Duma case minor

April 19, 2021: Ya’alon to testify for the defense in “Wedding of Hate” trial

March 15, 2021: Ben Uliel’s attorneys request gag order cancellation

March 11, 2021: Gag order on appeal by Ben Uliel

March 8, 2021: Ben Uliel’s attorneys request investigative material

December 21, 2020: Minor in Duma case: “I want to return to normal life”

October 29, 2020: Defense team being formed for Ben Uliel’s appeal

September 27, 2020: Will Ben Uliel pray in a minyan on Yom Kippur?

September 17, 2020: Rabbi Levanon: Ben Uliel not guilty

September 16, 2020: 42 months’ imprisonment for minor in Duma case

September 14, 2020: Rabbis support campaign to fund Ben Uliel’s Supreme Court appeal

September 7, 2020: Ben Uliel’s conviction left standing

September 7, 2020: Orian Ben Uliel sent letter to Central District Court

August 6, 2020: New evidence in Kfar Duma case

June 11, 2020: Progress in “Wedding of Hate” case

June 9, 2020: Joint List members cause disturbance at Duma trial

May 18, 2020: “You have imprisoned an innocent man!”

May 17, 2020: Verdict to be handed down for Ben Uliel

May 12, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 4

May 3, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 3

April 23, 2020: Verdict postponed in Kfar Duma case

April 23, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 2

April 16, 2020: “Exposing the Duma Blood Libel” – Part 1

March 19, 2020: Ben Uliel not allowed contact with family

March 3, 2020: Many irregularities in Kfar Duma case

February 29, 2020: Bill of indictment contradicts eye witnesses

February 27, 2020: Court canceled Ben Uliel’s petition

February 25, 2020: Ben Uliel to be transferred to Eshel Prison

October 24, 2019: Kfar Duma trial: Verdict handed down to minor

October 23, 2019: Kfar Duma trial: Verdict for GSS tortured minor

October 8, 2019: Request: Allow prisoners minyan on Yom Kippur

August 11, 2019: Kfar Duma case: DA’s office rejects District Court’s opinion

July 24, 2019: Expert opinion: Kfar Duma graffiti not by Ben Uliel

June 26, 2019: Kfar Duma trial, defense phase

May 16, 2019: Kfar Duma resident speaks to PI

May 12, 2019: Plea bargain disconnects minor from Duma case

April 30, 2019: More evidence lost in ‘Wedding of Hate’ case

April 6, 2019: Duma case survey: GSS version not reliable

December 21, 2018: Former GSS Deputy Director on false confessions

December 12, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: Evidence from scene incompatible with confessions

December 9, 2018: GSS agent to testify in Kfar Duma trial

December 3, 2018: “Duma Blood Libel” Facebook page administrators to distribute booklet

November 16, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: Ben Uliel’s alibi not investigated

October 28, 2018: Call to reexamine Kfar Duma case

October 22, 2018: Evidence lost in ‘Wedding of Hate’ trial

October 14, 2018: Kfar Duma trial to be held in open courtroom

September 6, 2018: GSS testimonies in Kfar Duma trial to remain under immunity

September 6, 2018: Will GSS agents’ testimonies of torture be revealed?

September 5, 2018: The Kfar Duma trial continues

July 15, 2018: Honenu director Meidad: “Release Ben Uliel!”

July 15, 2018: Supreme Court releases minor in Kfar Duma case

July 13, 2018: AG’s office appeals decision in Kfar Duma case

July 12, 2018: Deliberation on minor in Kfar Duma case

July 12, 2018: Kfar Duma case: Deliberation expected to be held shortly

July 11, 2018: Deliberation to be held in Kfar Duma case

July 8, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: Court demands expert opinion from Probation Service

June 25, 2018: Deliberation on release of minor in Kfar Duma case

June 23, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: confessions invalidated, deliberation on Sunday – POSTPONED

June 22, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: confessions invalidated, deliberation on Sunday

June 19, 2018: Father of detainee in Kfar Duma case responds to verdict

June 19, 2018: Verdict in Kfar Duma case read at Lod District Court

June 14, 2018: Kfar Duma case: Protest opposite Justice Minister’s residence

June 11, 2018: Severe criticism by Rabbi Druckman of Kfar Duma trial

June 7, 2018: Demonstration of Kfar Duma interrogation torture methods

June 6, 2018: Kfar Duma case torture methods revealed by GSS interrogators

June 5, 2018: Rabbis demand investigation of Kfar Duma case torture

June 1, 2018: Parents of minor in Kfar Duma case level harsh criticism

May 13, 2018: Supreme Court orders consideration of remand alternative

April 16, 2018: Developments in Kfar Duma trial

March 29, 2018: Kfar Duma trial: “Allow our son to celebrate the Seder at home”

March 15, 2018: Kfar Duma arson incident trial

November 2, 2016: “Cover up”: Documents in the Kfar Duma case disappeared

June 19, 2016: Kfar Duma incident: Youth coordinator exonerated of all guilt

March 20, 2016: New developments in Kfar Duma case

January 6, 2016: Attorney General’s office cancels hearing

January 4, 2016: Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem: “Check claims of torture”

January 3, 2016: Honenu demands: Lift the gag order!

December 30, 2015: Minors released from remand

December 30, 2015: Photographic evidence: Detained minor attempted suicide

December 29, 2015: Court orders release, State Prosecutor and police refuse

December 28, 2015: Judge orders Kfar Duma case detainee released

December 28, 2015: Detainee held under extreme conditions charged with minor incident

December 23, 2015: Demonstrators violently detained

December 23, 2015: Demonstrators detained protesting GSS torture released

December 23, 2015: Honenu Attorney to Knesset Minister: “No justification for sadistic torture in this case”

December 20, 2015: Revealed during deliberation: One of the detainees attempted suicide

December 20, 2015: Two Kfar Duma case detainees to be released

December 17, 2015: Honenu press conference: Interrogators applied severe methods of torture

December 16, 2015: Detainee’s mother faints in court

December 9, 2015: Open letter from Kochav HaShachar: “Red lines have been crossed.”

December 8, 2015: Detainees not allowed to lay tefilin, light Hanukkah candles

December 6, 2015: GSS interrogated detainee’s relatives

September 1, 2015: Minor released from remand, issued administrative order

August 23, 2015: Nine administrative orders served in one day

August 19, 2015: Minors suspected of arson to be released

August 18, 2015: District court accepted appeal by police, Honenu appealed to Supreme Court

August 17, 2015: Detainees released to house arrest, police appealed


Shortly after the arson attack in Kfar Duma, Meir Ettinger, Eviatar Slonim and Mordechai Meyer were detained on suspicion of involvement with the attack. They were held in remand, part of the time in solitary confinement after being illegally transferred to a high security wing, and in the end released without being charged. For an overview of their cases, please click on the links below. Slonim was released from administrative detention to house arrest at night for six months. Meyer was released after it turned out that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had signed a six-month administrative detention order on the basis of erroneous information transferred to him by the GSS.


January 27, 2016: Hunger striking detainee loses consciousness

January 26, 2016: Two administrative detainees on hunger strike

January 3, 2016: Administrative detainee to be released, not involved with incident attributed to him

November 17, 2015: Ettinger and Slonim to remain under administrative detention, court cited “extreme ideology”

November 4, 2015: Decision to be given in 6 weeks on administrative detainees

October 27, 2015: Imprisoned terrorists repeatedly threaten administrative detainee

October 13, 2015: Ettinger allowed to speak to family, ends hunger strike

October 13, 2015: Court authorizes transfer of administrative detainees to solitary confinement

October 11, 2015: Prison Service admits to violation of law

October 8, 2015: Meir Ettinger starts hunger strike

October 7, 2015: Administrative detainees illegally transferred to high security wing

September 20, 2015: Court authorized administrative order for Ettinger

September 10, 2015: “Confidential material” included articles posted openly on Internet

August 14, 2015: Mordechai Meyer’s parents sent letter to Defense Minister

August 6, 2015: Representatives of the State did not give suitable answers

August 4, 2015: Complaint sent to AG on GSS interrogation methods

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