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July 6, 2014 9:10 am

Report: Israeli Police Source Says 6 Suspects Held for Slaying Arab Youth Had ‘Nationalistic’ Motives (VIDEO)

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16-year-old murder victim Muhammad Abu Khudair. Photo: Twitter.

Partially lifting a media court gag order, the Israel Police said Sunday that they have arrested several suspects in the murder of an Arab youth in Jerusalem last week, citing “nationalistic” motives behind the slaying.

Israel’s Yediot Ahronot quoted a senior police official who told the Associated Press that  a number of  “Jewish extremists,” are suspects in the abduction and killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, last Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Three suspects are minors, and three are adults. They are being interrogated by the Shin Bet, according to the Walla News site.

One is from the greater Jerusalem area, one is from the south, and one is from the settlement of Adam, north of Jerusalem, according to Walla. However, other, unconfirmed reports suggest that several were released.

Police Spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told The Algemeiner that a planned press conference to announce the details was cancelled, and that all of the suspects remain in custody.

“The suspects are being questioned at an ISA facility. All other details regarding the investigation are under a judicial gag order,” an Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) statement to reporters read.

According to Palestinian media reports, a forensic examination by a Palestinian doctor suggested that Abu Khdeir was set ablaze while still alive, in a Jerusalem forest not far from where he was kidnapped in a vehicle in the Arab Shuafat neighborhood.

The death sparked off massive rioting in several of Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods, and dozens of stone and firebomb attacks against Jewish Israeli motorists and buses traveling through Israeli Arab areas, including Nazareth, the Highway 6 toll road, and the Wadi Ara area in the western Galilee.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up an international probe into the killing, which he called “terror crimes conducted against our people, including the burning alive of Muhammad Abu Khdeir.”

Watch a video below in which Abu Khdeir’s father responds to the latest news:

Watch a CCTV video in which two of the alleged suspects are seen at the site of the abduction:

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Even though this newest announcement has yet to be fully corroborated by the police and a formal indictment has yet to be issued by the court, any decent human being–Jew, Muslim, or Christian–learning about this newest turn of events in the ongoing investigation of the horrific murder of innocent sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair must be astounded beyond words, as I most certainly am. There is never ever any reason whatsoever for a Jew to desecrate the body of an innocent human being! Mohammad’s body was burned to death! Ninety percent of his being was burned!

    My entire soul is jarred by this new revelation of alleged facts and my heart aches until the heavens. My L-d , how Your creations can deviate from Your path!, What every single Jew does in this world resonates throughout the Jewish world and beyond! We Jews are against murder! We Jews are against hatred! We Jews are against taking the law into our own hands! These monsters–minors and adults–who allegedly murdered Muhammad, if convicted of the act of revenge and the most egregious, evil, odious, inimical, maniacal convolutions of all that is decent and just in this world–must be sentenced to the harshest punishment afforded to any human being.

    • R.Alkalai

      I have a very hard time believing this…. and until we all see the actual evidence, we should reserve any judgements.

      If, G-D forbid, that it is true, one can only assume that such an evil and extreme act of murder comes from the stress of living in a nation where the government does little to stop Arab violence upon Jews- from 12,000 rockets fired into the country from Gaza, to beatings of Jews, kidnappings, stoning of Jewish motorists, to murdering Jewish families in their sleep.

      These events are going to have an affect and people. Frustrated with a government afraid of its own shadow, people will tend to do what they think will work to put an end to it.

      Then again, given the lies and misinformation the police and government have recently released, and given the horrific manner of the murder, it would also seem likely that it was an arab on arab crime, and that the government is attempting to calm things down by placation.

      We need to see actual evidence….