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Main Suspect in Murder of Arab Teen: Yosef Haim Ben-David

Three days ago, it was revealed that the main suspect is 29 years old, from the community of Adam.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/20/2014, 9:52 PM

A suspect in Khder murder
A suspect in Khder murder
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The name of the central suspect in the July 2 murder of Arab teenager Mohammed Abu Khder from Shuafat, in n orthern Jerusalem, is Yosef Haim Ben-David. He is a Jerusalem-area resident.

A gag order on Ben-David's identity was removed by the Jerusalem District Court Sunday. 

Three days ago, it was revealed that the main suspect is 29 years old, from the community of Adam.

Prosecutors indicted Ben David and two other Jews on Thursday over the kidnapping and murder of Abu Khder, who was burned to death.

The others are 16-year-olds, one from Jerusalem and the other from Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. All three were relatives.

Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, was kidnapped from eastern Jerusalem on July 2 and burned to death.

Police suspect that the crime was nationalistically motivated, allegedly as a "revenge crime" for the murders of Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), who were abducted June 12 and killed. 

The three Israeli youths face separate charges over the attempted kidnapping of another Palestinian, aged seven, from the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, as well as alleged arson attacks on Palestinian-owned cars.

Two of them are also accused of setting alight a Palestinian shop in the village of Hizme, the ministry said in a statement.