Revenge Killing? Teen Found Dead, Jerusalem Erupts

Body of Palestinian 17-year-old found in forest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2014 4:41 AM CDT
Updated Jul 2, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
Palestinian Teen Killed in Feared Revenge Attack
Family and friends of the three murdered Israeli teenagers mourn during their funeral in Modiin, Israel yesterday.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Tensions boiled over in Jerusalem today after the body of a Palestinian teenager reported kidnapped an hour earlier was found in a forest in the city. The death of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is widely believed to be a revenge killing for the deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, the LA Times reports. Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in Jerusalem after Mohammed's body was found, reports the AP, which notes that hundreds of right-wing Israeli youths marched through the city yesterday calling for revenge after the funeral of three teenagers.

A relative says that the teen was bundled into a car around 3:45am today; he had been sitting on a fence with friends as they waited for a pre-dawn meal in advance of Ramadan fasting. Police have yet to establish a motive, though they were reportedly given the car's license plate number. Jerusalem's mayor condemned the killing as a "horrible and barbaric act," and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said there is "zero tolerance" for such crimes and those "seeking to turn Israel into a terrorist society" will be punished. A senior official of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement says Mohammed's family in north Jerusalem has identified his body, which was found partly burned and bearing signs of violence. "The Israeli government bears responsibility for Jewish terrorism and for the kidnapping and murder in occupied Jerusalem," he tells Reuters. (More Jerusalem stories.)

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