Palestinians Riot, Chuck Stones at Police After Burnt Body of Arab Teen Found in East Jerusalem
Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem on Wednesday following the murder of Arab teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir from Shuafat.
Hamas threatens “Israel will pay” for murder of Arab teen.
The Palestinians blame Israel for the boy’s violent death.
Officials are investigating whether the boy was a victim of an honor killing.
Hundreds of Palestinian protesters have been rioting in East Jerusalem since the early hours of Wednesday morning, following the murder of an Arab teen from Shuafat. Two photojournalists were injured, including a Ynet photographer.
Protesters in Shuafat burned tires, hurled stones, Molotov cocktails, fireworks and pipe bombs at IDF and police forces at the scene and called out “we will sacrifice our lives for the martyrs.” Security forces used stun grenades to disperse the crowd and cordoned off the area to stop others from entering the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the murder and vowed security forces would work to find the killers. However, they were careful not to claim it was retribution for the murder of three Israeli teens that were presumed to have been kidnapped since June 12 but were discovered dead in a West Bank valley late Monday.
The burnt, dead body an Arab teenager was found early Wednesday morning in Jerusalem Forest, and police were investigating a possible connection to the reported kidnapping of a Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem earlier in the day. Another possibility being investigated is that the boy was killed as part of a domestic issue or “honor killing.”