The discovery of the charred body of a Palestinian teenager brought the Wednesday morning the tension in Jerusalem, where there had been racist and anti-Arab unrest during the two previous nights. Israeli police are investigating whether he was murdered by right-wing Jews.
A military radio station reported on the disappearance of a 16 years in the east of the city, an area of Palestinian majority. According to these reports, the teen was forced into a vehicle. The body, which has not been officially linked to the possible kidnapping, appeared in a forest west of the city. It is feared that the murder was an act of revenge for the three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped and killed in June. Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat Israel, condemned the incident and promised that the culprits will be brought to justice.
The family of one of the young Jews murdered Naftali Fraenkel, called on Wednesday, “ominous and horrifying ” the possibility that the Palestinian teenager named Mohamed Abu Khdeir, was killed in retaliation for the triple murder of the West Bank. Abu Khdeir was the same age that Fraenkel, whose uncle Yisahi said that ” murder is murder, has no forgiveness or justification.”
According to police spokesman, the Palestinian disappeared in Palestinian Shoafat area, northeast of the city. They speak of ” two lines of investigation” into the crime. Police did not rule out the case of a “common crime ” motivated by rivalries between families or gangs. On the street and in various Israeli media extends, however, suspected that it was a hate crime perpetrated by right-wing Jews. Confirm or not this phone, the boy’s death worsen the mood in a city that always seems about to explode.
In anticipation of unrest, police have strengthened their presence in Beit Hanina, where family of the murdered boy lives. On Wednesday morning, and there were three Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire during the protests. Also injured several press photographers. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for calm in a statement released by his office after this conversation with the Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch. “Israel is a state of law and everyone should act according to the law,” says Netanyahu, calling on “all parties to justice not be taken by their hand ” by the “despicable murder.”
In the center of Jerusalem racist anti-Arab riots are repeated since Monday the death of three Jewish religion students missing on June 12 were confirmed. On Wednesday night, groups lurked exalted with Israeli flags to any citizen of Arab descent along the tram Jerusalem, widely used by the Palestinians. The mob threw things and pursuing Arab passersby before the warmth of police officers who did not move a finger to disperse. The Israelis, mostly young college or school age, chanting ” death to Arabs” in Hebrew and Arabic insults against defenseless Palestinians who were harassed. Some Israelis were armed. Two Palestinians sought medical attention from the blows they received. Security forces said this morning that they have arrested 50 Israelis involved in these riots.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank continued raids against militant Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas Israel accused of having organized and carried out the triple murder of Jewish students. There were riots in Hebron and 42 new arrests, in addition to the 420 already arrested since Israeli students disappeared on June 12.