Photo: Reuters
Mohammad Abu Khdeir
Photo: Reuters

Three suspects in murder of Arab teen confess to crime

Suspects reenact murder as Prime Minister Netanyahu calls father of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, denouncing the murder.

Three of the six suspects confressed to the murder of Mohammad Abu Khdeir from Shuafat and reenacted it in the area his body was dumped in the forest outside Jerusalem on Monday.



The mother of one of the six suspects, whose son may or may not be one of the three to confess, told Ynet: "We're shattered and this thing is very difficult for us. My son has nothing to do with this and he will go free. This is crazy because he's only 16."



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Six suspects in the murder of the 16-year-old from Shuafat were arrested on Sunday morning. The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court extended the remand of five of the six suspected in the kidnapping and murder of Abu Khdeir in eight days, despite the fact police sought a 15-days extension. The remand of the sixth suspect was extended in five days.


The suspects were barred from meeting their attorneys during the remand extension hearings.


Attorney Benzi Kebler, two of the suspects' lawyer, said: "It's a grave decision that there's a warrant preventing me from meeting my clients. The warrant constitutes a critical blow to principles of justice that every civilized country should lean on. It can't be that suspects, particularly youths and teens, are prevented from meeting their attorney."


Footage from security camera allegedly showing kidnappers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir.
Footage from security camera allegedly showing kidnappers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir.


In the days following the murder, police investigated two different directions - criminal and national - using two different investigation teams. Progress was made in the investigation after the vehicle the perpetrators used and the link found to another kidnapping attempt of a 9-year-old Palestinian boy in Beit Hanina the previous day. 


The six are suspected of being members of a terror organizations, memberships in an forbidden organization, abduction for the sake of murder, the murder of a minor, conspiring to commit a crime, possession of weapons and ammunition and committing a crime motivated by racism. One of them confessed and implicated the others.


Mohammad Abu Khdeir
Mohammad Abu Khdeir


Abu Khdeir was murdered early Wednesday morning, several hours after the funeral of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed on June 12 - Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel.


His burnt body was found in the woods outside Jerusalem. The Palestinian attorney-general said the autopsy showed that the teen was burned alive. Saber Al-Aloul, the director of the Palestinian forensic institute, attended the autopsy which was carried out by Israeli doctors in Tel Aviv.


Violent riots broke out following the teen's murder in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat.


'We don't want Abu Mazen or Bibi here'

Jerusalem municipality teams started cleaning the street where the Abu Khdeir family resides in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, and taking down the Palestinian flags that were put up, following recent rioting.


Raniya, Mohammad's aunt, told Ynet that "they must be cleaning because people from the government want to come visit. We don't want anyone to come. Not Abbas and not Netanyahu. No one defended us."


She criticized the Israeli government and police, "all of this talk brought to Mohammad's murder. The government didn't help us and the police knew a day before he was kidnapped that there are Jews trying to abduct Arabs."


Mohammad Abu Khdeir's mother (Photo: Reuters) (Photo: Reuters)
Mohammad Abu Khdeir's mother (Photo: Reuters)


As rioting continued across the country following Abu Khdeir's murder, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Mohammad's father, Hussein Abu Khdeir, on Monday morning.


"I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son," Netanyahu told the father.


"We acted immediately to apprehend the murderers. We will bring them to trial and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law," the prime minister promised.


"We denounce all brutal behavior; the murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being," he added.  


Following his conversation with the prime minister, Hussein said: "The Israeli government's problem is that it's not doing anything because of your extreme right wing, it was all the territories. You can't go on like that. To anyone who spoke to me I said I wanted justice, for their homes to be destroyed, just like they destroyed the homes in Hebron (for the suspects in the murder of the three Israeli teens) even though they didn't confess."


Hussein said he was willing to have Israeli ministers in his mourners tent, "except right-wing ministers. Those I won't have."


Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat and members of Neturei Karta visited the mourner's tent at the Abu Khdeir family home.


"We can to join in the family's grief. I accuse Zionism in all of the murders so far. We demand the Zionist regime leaves Palestine, and for the territories to move to full Palestinian control, with Jerusalem as their capital," one of the Neturei Karta representatives said.


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