According to today’s Times of Israel, Israel has taken several people into custody for the murder of a Palestinian teenager. It now looks like the Palestinian teenager, Muhammud Abu Khdeir (see photo below) was indeed killed by Israeli terrorists, and in a gruesome way, in reprisal for the murder of the three Israelis. The Times reports:
Several people were arrested Sunday in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, whose burned body was found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning, officials said Sunday.
The suspects are members of a Jewish extremist cell, the Shin Bet security agency said.
Officials suspect the killing was most likely carried out by Jewish extremists in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers earlier in June.
Several Israeli media outlets reported that six people in total were arrested, including a number of minors.
The suspects are from Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem and the settlement of Adam, police said, according to Channel 2.
“Apparently the people arrested in relation to the case belong to an extremist Jewish group,” an unnamed official was quoted by AFP as saying.
An official speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that authorities believe the killing was “nationalistic” in nature.
“Nationalistic,” of course, means they killed the kid because he was Palestinian. And the death was apparently horrible:
On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority attorney-general, Dr. Muhammed Abed al-Ghani al-Aweiwi, said that Abu Khdeir was burned alive, according to the preliminary findings of the autopsy.
He said flammable material was found in Abu Khdeir’s lungs and breathing passages, indicating he was still alive when he was set on fire. Aweiwi added that additional lab tests were needed and that the final autopsy report would be issued only after those tests were completed.
Aweiwi told Palestinian news agency Ma’an that Abu Khdeir had sustained severe burns across 90 percent of his body, including his head, where he was also beaten.
Abu Khdeir’s mother is of course devastated, and said this:
In East Jerusalem, Abu Khdeir’s mother, Suha, welcomed news of the arrests but said she had little faith in the Israeli justice system.
“I don’t have any peace in my heart. Even if they captured who they say killed my son,” she said. “They’re only going to ask them questions and then release them. What’s the point?”
“They need to treat them the way they treat us. They need to demolish their homes and round them up, the way they do to our children,” she added.
She’s absolutely right. If Israel demolishes the homes of Palestinian terrorists as a deterrent, it is obliged do the same with Israeli terrorists. Perhaps in that way terrorists from both countries will think twice before committing violence. I trust that Israel (If wants to have any credibility) won’t question and release the suspects without good reason, and if there is good reason to suspect them, they must stand trial for murder.
Here is the child who will never see adulthood:
In a further development, The Jerusalem Post reports that one suspect in the killing of the three Israeli teenagers has also been arrested by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force
The IDF arrested a terrorism suspect in Hebron overnight between Saturday and Sunday, Palestinian media agencyMa’an reported.
Ma’an said the raid occurred in the city’s Qarn al-Thour neighborhood, and that the arrest was made “in connection with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers weeks earlier.
It named the suspect as Husam Dufish, and cited his relatives and Palestinian security sources as confirming the raid on his home.
“Israeli intelligence accuses Dufish of involvement in the killing of the three teens along with Amir Abu Eisha and Marwan al-Qawasmi,” the report said.
Security forces said “Dufish had disappeared since the teens were kidnapped, while his family told Ma’an that he was in his house living his life normally,” it added.
The IDF raided his home two weeks ago, but he was not at home, and his family received a summons to an intelligence office for questioning, which he failed to comply with.
Three more children—the murdered Israelis—who will always be missed:
Notice that in both cases it was Israeli forces who captured the terrorists. The accused Husam Dufish, had he eluded Israeli forces (a tough thing to do), would have been lauded as a hero in Palestine. Certainly Palestine wasn’t putting much effort into catching the terrorists, though there are reports that the Palestinian Authority did help the IDF.
What Israeli terrorists did to that child is as horrible as what the Palestinians did to the three Israeli children, and the punishments must be the same. Terrorism is terrorism, no matter who commits it, and needs to be stopped. The difference between Israel and Palestine is that the Israeli government does not see Israeli terrorists as heroes, but rounds them up and punishes them. It’ll be a cold day in Gaza when the Palestinian Authority or, especially, Hamas does that. And the condemnation of the Israeli terrorists in Israel was much more pervasive than the condemnation of the Palestinian terrorists in Palestine, where a few lame words from Abbas didn’t offset the widespread rejoicing and celebration of the dead Israeli children.