Revenge Killing? Teen Found Dead, Jerusalem Erupts

Body of Palestinian 17-year-old found in forest

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2014 4:41 AM CDT | Updated Jul 2, 2014 7:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tensions boiled over in Jerusalem today after the body of a Palestinian teenager reported kidnapped an hour earlier was found in a forest in the city. The death of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is widely believed to be a revenge killing for the deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, the LA Times reports. Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in Jerusalem after Mohammed's body was found, reports the AP, which notes that hundreds of right-wing Israeli youths marched through the city yesterday calling for revenge after the funeral of three teenagers.

A relative says that the teen was bundled into a car around 3:45am today; he had been sitting on a fence with friends as they waited for a pre-dawn meal in advance of Ramadan fasting. Police have yet to establish a motive, though they were reportedly given the car's license plate number. Jerusalem's mayor condemned the killing as a "horrible and barbaric act," and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said there is "zero tolerance" for such crimes and those "seeking to turn Israel into a terrorist society" will be punished. A senior official of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement says Mohammed's family in north Jerusalem has identified his body, which was found partly burned and bearing signs of violence. "The Israeli government bears responsibility for Jewish terrorism and for the kidnapping and murder in occupied Jerusalem," he tells Reuters.

Family and friends of the three murdered Israeli teenagers mourn during their funeral in Modiin, Israel yesterday.
Family and friends of the three murdered Israeli teenagers mourn during their funeral in Modiin, Israel yesterday.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stands by Avi Fraenkel, left, and Ori Yifrah, fathers of two Israeli teens killed in the West Bank during their sons' funeral in Modiin, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stands by Avi Fraenkel, left, and Ori Yifrah, fathers of two Israeli teens killed in the West Bank during their sons' funeral in Modiin, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)
A masked Palestinian militant holds a weapon during the funeral of Yousif Zagha, 20, who was killed by Israeli troops today, in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
A masked Palestinian militant holds a weapon during the funeral of Yousif Zagha, 20, who was killed by Israeli troops today, in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Tuesday, July 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
Israeli forensic police officers carry evidence bags in a forest in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Israeli forensic police officers carry evidence bags in a forest in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli army soldiers take positions during clashes with Palestinians in an early morning operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Israeli army soldiers take positions during clashes with Palestinians in an early morning operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
Israeli soldiers patrol during an early morning operation in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Israeli soldiers patrol during an early morning operation in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Israeli soldiers detain a blindfolded Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron, early Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Israeli soldiers detain a blindfolded Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron, early Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian takes cover from tear gas fired by the Israeli troops during clashes with Palestinians in an early morning operation in Jenin, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
A Palestinian takes cover from tear gas fired by the Israeli troops during clashes with Palestinians in an early morning operation in Jenin, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
Smoke rises from the home of Palestinian Ziad Awad in the town of Idna, 8 miles west of the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Smoke rises from the home of Palestinian Ziad Awad in the town of Idna, 8 miles west of the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Mai Awad looks out from the damaged family home of Palestinian Ziad Awad in the town of Idna, 8 miles west of the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
Mai Awad looks out from the damaged family home of Palestinian Ziad Awad in the town of Idna, 8 miles west of the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Israeli police officers block the entrance to the forest where the body was found in Jerusalem today.
Israeli police officers block the entrance to the forest where the body was found in Jerusalem today.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, eulogizes the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, eulogizes the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank.   (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)
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