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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
author Monday July 07, 2014 10:25author by IMEMC News Report post
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 premeditated crime.

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 them.

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 on.

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.

The police 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 two hours.

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 case.

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.


Newly-released Surveillance Footage Shows Faces of Mohammed Abu Khudair’s Likely Abductors
author Sunday July 06, 2014 20:55author by IMEMC Staff Report post
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 car.

Image showing two faces (photo from video posted by

Image showing two faces (photo from video posted by

The video was released by the website, which stated “The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned by Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father.”

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.

Soon 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.

Prior 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 instances.

Dozens Of Injuries In Hebron As Army Invasions Escalate
author Tuesday July 08, 2014 12:12author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Report post
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
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 week.

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 communities.

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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