The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the father of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly gang raped by a group of men, ruling that the incident is not criminal.
The father, Haim, told AFP news agency that he was not satisfied with the decision and he is appealing it to the Jerusalem District Civil Court.
“We are not a gang, we are a family,” he said.
“The law does not allow for the arrest and conviction of any person for this crime.
We want the family to be allowed to return to their house in a peaceful manner.”
The family is expected to appeal the ruling.
The 16-old, who is not being named, was allegedly attacked on September 9 by three men in the occupied West Bank village of Bil’in, in the central occupied West bank.
A police spokeswoman said on Tuesday that she had received a complaint against the three men and that an investigation was underway.
“Police are now reviewing the complaint and the investigation is ongoing,” she said.
The girl was released from hospital on Wednesday and was allowed to continue school.
Her father was also present at the hearing, but did not speak to reporters.
According to local media, the family of the girl was also invited to the hearing and had agreed to participate.
The case has drawn attention to the Israeli law which has been widely criticized for making it difficult to prosecute gang rapes.