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Israeli Jewish Settlers Planned Abduction,
Torture, and Brutal Killing of Palestinian Teenager Muhammed Abu Khudair
July 7, 2014
Killers Of Abu Khudair, Planned
Attack In Advance
Newly-released Surveillance Footage
Shows Faces of Mohammed Abu Khudair’s Likely Abductors
Monday July 07,
2014 10:25 by
The Arabs48 news website quoted Israeli sources stating that the
six Jewish Israelis who have been arrested in connection with
the abduction, torture and brutal killing of Palestinian teen,
Mohammed Abu Khudair, have carried out a premeditated murder,
pushed by nationalistic motives.
The sources said the suspects are practically
tying themselves to the crime whenever they talk to the
interrogators, and affirmed that the killing of Abu Khudair, who was
eventually burnt to death, did not just happen, but was a
After being kidnapped by fanatic
Israelis, Abu Khudair, 16, was taken to a forest in Jerusalem, where
he was tortured and burnt to death.
One of the six Israelis
confessed to being involved in the crime, and directly linked the
five other Israelis.
The police believe that six Israeli
fanatics are the perpetrators due to the overwhelming evidence
against them, but claims the murderers “are not connected to any
extremist right wing group.”
It said the six are friends,
most of them underage, and that there is enough evidence to convict
An Israeli security official said the killers are
Jewish extremists, and that it is believed they are also connected
with the botched abduction of a Palestinian child, 9 years of age in
occupied Jerusalem, before they managed to kidnap Abu Khudair later
The Arabs48 said the Israeli Internal Security Agency
tried to pressure the family of Abu Khudair into stating that the
motive of the killing was criminal.
The family refused the
Israeli pressures, and even handed the police a surveillance tape
showing fanatic settlers kidnapping Mohammad.
gradually retreated from its initial stances and demands, and said
the attack “was likely pushed by nationalistic motives”. An Israeli
security officer said he believes “the chances are %70-80 that
attack carried a nationalistic motive”.
The Arabs48 said that
the time it took, between the abduction of Khudair and locating his
burnt body, was approximately two hours, while one of the
investigators said the police managed to know what happened in those
The autopsy also revealed that the child was still
breathing when he was burnt, especially since charred materials were
found in his esophagus and lungs.
In addition, first to
fourth degree burns covered around %90 of Abu Khudair’s body, while
his skull was fractured, indicating he was struck on the head.
Two days ago, Palestinian General Prosecutor, Mohammad
Abdul-Ghani al-‘Oweiwy, stated the autopsy confirms the child
was burnt alive.
Israeli Police Arrest Suspected
Murderers of Mohammad Abu Khudair
Chris Carlson - Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:34:58
The Israeli police have arrested, this morning in Jerusalem,
individuals suspected of kidnapping and killing Mohammad Abu Khudair,
according to media reports and Israeli officials.
"Apparently, the people arrested in relation to the case belong to
an extremist Jewish group," an official said to reporters with
Haaretz newspaper. The paper reported six arrests in connection with
The kidnapping and brutal murder of the young
Palestinian, on Wednesday, has led to four straight days of protests
riots beginning in annexed East Jerusalem, according to several
local media sources.
By Saturday, the violence had spread to
more than half a dozen Palestinian towns within the region.
The Israeli police have refused, until now, to officially confirm
that the killing was in revenge for the murder of three Israeli
youths in the West Bank last month, the PNN reports.
Mohammed Abu Khudair was kidnapped last Wednesday, at dawn, near his
home in Shu'afat, by a group of right-wing Israelis. His body was
found hours later in the Jerusalem Forest.
Initial autopsy reports show that he was tortured and burnt
while still alive.
The identities of the suspects, as well as
details about the investigation or the circumstances of the arrest,
so far have not been revealed.
Sunday July 06, 2014
20:55 by IMEMC Staff
A video that was released to the media on Sunday, but which has been
in the hands of Israeli police since Wednesday, shows a different
angle of the same incident captured by a separate surveillance
video, in which 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is forced into a
Image showing two faces (photo from video posted by
The video was released by the website
stated “The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned
by Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father.”
Dozens Of Injuries In Hebron As Army
The original video
was handed over to police two hours after the boy’s disappearance,
before his body had even been found. The video released to the
Electronic Intifada appears to have been recorded by a cell phone camera
filming the TV screen playing the original. Israeli police can be heard
in the background talking, so they were present when the cell phone
video was taken, but were apparently unaware that the original had been
recorded. If they had, based on their usual mode of operations, they
would have demanded that the copy be handed over as well.
after the release of the second surveillance video by the media on
Sunday, Israeli police announced that they had detained six suspects,
all of whom are right-wing Israelis associated with the Beitar Jerusalem
football team – a team notorious for anti-Arab sloganeering and
practices – according to Israeli blogger Elizabeth Tsurkov.
to the arrests on Sunday, the Israeli police’s actions in the case have
indicated to most observers an attempt to cover up instead of
investigate the brutal murder of Abu Khdeir. Instead of following the
very clear leads provided by the surveillance videos and the
license plate number of the vehicle that abducted the boy, police
tried to cast aspersion on the Abu Khudair family with a rumor campaign
– a strategy that backfired when the family’s extensive contacts
throughout the U.S. contacted local media outlets and U.S. officials to
pressure the Israeli government to stop spreading rumors and, instead,
investigate the ample evidence in the case.
The killing of
16-year old Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was burned alive by his abductors,
has sparked widespread protests throughout the West Bank, Gaza and
Palestinian areas in what is now Israel. The protests have been met by a
brutal police crackdown, with the arrests of dozens, beatings, injuries,
and the use of live ammunition against demonstrators in several
Tuesday July 08, 2014
12:12 by Saed
Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of soldiers
invaded, late on Monday at night and Tuesday at dawn, different
areas in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, leading to clashes
with local residents.
Soldiers Invading Hebron - File, Maan News
The Hebron district has been subject to ongoing
invasions and assaults, especially after fanatic Israeli settlers
kidnapped, and burnt to death, a Palestinian child in Jerusalem last
Local sources in Hebron said dozens of residents suffered
the effects of tear gas inhalation in Bab az-Zaweya area, in Hebron, in
addition to Beit Ummar, al-‘Arroub refugee camp, al-Fawwar refugee camp,
Kharsa area south of Doura town, and many nearby Palestinian
Medical sources in the al-’Arroub refugee camp said
a young man was shot by a gas bomb in the abdomen, and suffered a
moderate injury, while many Palestinians received treatment for the
effects of tear gas inhalation.
A young Palestinian man from
Kharsa area was moved to a local hospital, suffering a moderate injury,
after being shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in his face.
Clashes also took place in Aseeda area, in Beit Ummar town, after scores
of soldiers invaded it, and fired rounds of live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.
Local youths responded by throwing stones, empty bottles and some
Molotov cocktails at the invading soldiers. The army reported no
injuries among the soldiers.
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