Israeli police have arrested six suspects in the murder of the young Palestinian Jadair Abu Mohamed, whose charred body was found on Wednesday morning in West Jerusalem. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, arrests point to right-wing Jewish groups.
The 16 year old boy died, according to newspaper, in revenge for the murders of three Jewish religious students who were 16 to 19 years. The Israeli authorities had found their half-buried remains on Monday north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Disappeared near there last June 12 were shot down and died shortly after their abduction. On Tuesday a massive and solemn burial at Modin, attended by tens of thousands of Israelis from across the country took place. Shortly after numerous racist riots against Palestinians in the center of Jerusalem broke.
Hours later, Abu Jadair kidnapped on his way to the mosque in Shuafat, a Palestinian middle class neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem. According to the Palestinian authorities, his captors burned him alive in a forest of western Jerusalem, where his remains were found. Preliminary autopsy, known Saturday through Ramallah Attorney General revealed that he had traces of soot in the lungs, proof that he was breathing when set on fire.
Shortly after his body was found in Shuafat began the most serious unrest of recent years in Jerusalem. Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators fought three days of heavy fighting in which hundreds of people were injured. Moment had its peak on Friday. The first day of the prayer of Ramadan this year coincided with the boy’s funeral, attended by thousands. As the boy’s body went towards the cemetery, hundreds of young Palestinians threw stones at police, who responded with riot gear and the usual forcefulness.
During Friday’s protests, the Israeli border police delivered a considerable beating a cousin of Abu Jadair named Tariq, who was recorded by two cameras. The video shows policemen beating head of the young age of 15, who then kicked on the floor and, again, while they bring handcuffs and apparently fainted. The State Department said last night that the United States is “deeply concerned” about the beating the boy, who happened to be visiting American school in Jerusalem. United States requested a “transparent and credible investigation” of the facts. Israeli police accused of participating in the riots. He was released on bail Sunday 3,000 shekels.
Growing tensions in Jerusalem have failed to explode on Sunday, but in the Gaza Strip increased exchange of hostilities between Israel and the Islamist groups active in the Strip. At night, the Israeli Air Force attacked 10 targets in the area. According to the Army, until two in the afternoon they had nine rockets hit Israel from Gaza earlier.