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PM Tells Father of Murdered Arab Teen: Justice Will be Served

Speaking to Mohammed Abu Khder's father Netanyahu vows 'justice will be served', says murder 'unacceptable by any human being'.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/7/2014, 10:33 AM

Murdered: Mohammed Abu-Khder
Murdered: Mohammed Abu-Khder
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday morning called Hussein Abu Khder, the father of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder of Jerusalem's Beit Hanina neighborhood who was found murdered last Wednesday.

"I want to express my shock and the shock of Israeli citizens at the despicable murder of your son. We acted immediately to locate the murderers; they will be brought to trial and justice will be served against them. We denounce all cruel behavior, and the murder of your son is despicable and unacceptable by any human being," said Netanyahu during the conversation.

The teenager's body was found burnt last Wednesday morning in the Jerusalem Forest, after he was abducted from Beit Hanina the previous night. Police arrested six Jewish suspects on suspicion of involvement in the murder on Sunday, later saying that one of the six "connected themselves" with the crime.

However, lawyers representing the six suspects have said police are having trouble connecting the six to the murder and no clear evidence linking the six suspects has yet been presented.

Police suspect the murder was an act of "revenge" by Jewish extremists for the murder of three Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha'ar.

Abu Khder's murder sparked days of riots by Arab extremists, who have violently attacked security forces, local infrastructure and Jewish residents in the past several days since his body was found. The rioters were encouraged by Abu Khder's mother last Friday, who called for violent "revenge" against Israelis, backing the ongoing violent Arab riots and Gaza rocket escalation which she called "concern for the Palestinian people."

Abu Khder's mother added that the rioting, which has included multiple incidents of suspected arson terror, injured IDF soldiers and Israeli press officials, and destroyed three Jerusalem Light Rail stations, are a form of Arab residents "exercising their rights."