Israel Arrests 6 'Extremists' in Boy's Murder

Sources: 'Nationalistic' motives behind death of 16-year-old

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 6, 2014 6:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Israel has arrested six suspects in last week's murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, reports Haaretz. Sources are indicating those arrested are Jewish "extremists," reports the AP, and are citing "nationalistic" motives behind Mohammed's death. There are no further details on the identities of those arrested. Skirmishes between Israel and Palestinians continued overnight, with the latter launching rocket attacks that drew Israeli airstrikes. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded for reason in opening his weekly Cabinet meeting. "Experience proves that in moments like these, one must act calmly and responsibly, not hysterically and hastily," he said.

Suha Abu Khdeir, mother of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a U.S. citizen who goes to school in Tampa, Florida, sits in her home and shows a tablet with a photo of Tariq taken in a hospital after he was...   (Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 6, 2014.   (Hatem Moussa)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, arrives to chair the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel...   (GALI TIBBON)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel would act calmly and...   (GALI TIBBON)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The Israeli airstrikes targeted what the army said were militant...   (Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on Friday, July 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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