Mohammed Abu Khdeir murder: Three Israeli Jews admit kidnapping teenager and burning him to death

The killing was reportedly to avenge the murder of three Jewish teenagers

The three Israelis who are the main suspects in the brutal murder of an Arab teenager on 2 July that ignited the worst unrest in Jerusalem in years have confessed to dousing their 16 year old victim with petrol and burning him alive, police said today.

Mohammed Abu Khdeir was found burned to death  after disappearing on 2 July. Forensic analysis of his remains suggested he was still alive when he was set alight.

Israeli public attention to the 16-year-old’s murder has been diverted by the Israel-Gaza fighting that has so far killed more than 170 Palestinians, but it remains an explosive issue for Palestinians.

A 29-year old man and two 17 year old males whose arrests were announced last week, “have admitted to carrying out the murder and have re-enacted the murder,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

READ MORE: Social media is latest battleground in conflict
EU pushes for ceasefire but Israelis back Netanyahu
Palestinian families return home in defiance of threats

Police believe the killing was revenge for the murder of three Israeli teenagers abducted while hitchhiking near a West Bank settlement. They were buried the evening before Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted prior to mosque prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. “They have admitted they poured petrol on him and burned him alive.” Mr Rosenfeld said.

“They live at the fringe of society and aren’t functioning individuals,” a source close to the younger suspects told Haaretz newspaper, which said they were expected to claim temporary insanity as a defence.

CCTV footage of two of the six Israeli men arrested on suspicion of murdering Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, on the night of his abduction in Jerusalem last week CCTV footage of two of the six Israeli men arrested on suspicion of murdering Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, on the night of his abduction in Jerusalem last week

 

Israeli media speculated that the arrested men were already well known to the police and were linked to hooligans who support Beitar Jerusalem football club.

Some Beitar fans in La Familia are renowned for their hatred of Palestinians and have forced the club to reject the signing of Muslim players.

Police are investigating three others for involvement in the killing and they remain under house arrest.

Warning: Video may be upsetting to some viewers

Abu Khdeir’s mother, Suha, was not consoled by the arrests.

“I don’t have any peace in my heart, even if they captured who they say killed my son,” she said.

 “They need to treat them the way they treat us. They need to demolish their homes and round them up, the way they do it to our children.”

Abu Khdeir’s cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir, was filmed being beaten by Israeli police following a protest in East Jerusalem.

The 15-year-old, who is an American citizen from Florida, was seen with a bruised and swollen face after he was bailed, prompting calls for an investigation by the US.

Read more: Mother speaks out after arrests for 'nationalistic' killing
US-Palestinian boy filmed being beaten by police
US 'profoundly troubled' by Israeli police brutality reports

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftal Frenkel, 16, were abducted while hitchhiking in the occupied West Bank on 12 June.

Their bodies were not found until nearly three weeks later, buried in a shallow grave in field to the west of Hebron, after hundreds of Palestinians were arrested and several shot dead by Israeli troops conducting searches.

Additional reporting by PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...

Recruitment Genius: Data Analyst - Online Marketing

£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Austen Lloyd: Senior Residential Conveyancer

Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...

Austen Lloyd: Residential / Commercial Property Solicitor

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there