One of six Jewish nationalists arrested confesses to revenge killing of Arab teen
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
"This was a shocking and unacceptable act which any sane person, certainly in a strong and democratic country such as the State of Israel, must strongly condemn," says public security minister.
Four days after the alleged revenge killing of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir convulsed the nation, one of the six unidentified Jewish extremists arrested early Sunday morning in the brutal murder confessed to the crime.
According to numerous sources, the unidentified suspects made the confession during questioning by Shin Bet security agents. While details of the arrests and investigation remain largely unknown due to a court-sanctioned gag order, hours after their arrests a Petah Tikva court ruled that five of the suspects be held for an additional eight days.
The sixth suspect has been ordered held for an additional five days and all the defendants are being barred from legal representation.
According to Channel 2, one of the suspects was cooperating with police and has incriminated his accomplices.
Following the arrests, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch condemned the suspects.
“The State of Israel is a country that abides by, and enforces the law, and will continue to take determined action against all those who violate the law,” the statement read. “I ask that everyone show responsibility and work to prevent further disturbances.”
Aharonovitch continued: “This was a shocking and unacceptable act which any sane person, certainly in a strong and democratic country such as the State of Israel, must strongly condemn."
Abu Khdeir’s murder set off a chain of riots throughout east Jerusalem, with residents demanding vengeance against the suspected Israeli killers.
The Palestinian boy’s badly burned body was found by police in Jerusalem Forest shortly after residents of nearby Beit Hanina reported seeing a young man being forced into a gray vehicle early Wednesday morning.
According to the autopsy report, compiled by Israeli doctors and a Palestinian coroner, more than 90 percent of Abu Khdeir’s body sustained burns. The teen also suffered a head wound, the report determined.
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