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    3 Suspects Confess to Killing Palestinian Teen

    Israeli Arabs protest last week's abduction and killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in the northern city of Acre, July 7, 2014.
    Israeli Arabs protest last week's abduction and killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in the northern city of Acre, July 7, 2014.
    VOA News

    Israeli investigators say three of the six Jewish suspects accused of killing a Palestinian teenager have confessed to the crime and re-enacted it for authorities.

    The breakthrough Monday in the investigation of last week's burning death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir came as Israeli officials attempted to quell the uproar over the killing. The murder is widely seen as a revenge killing for last month's kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers who were later found dead.

    Militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets at Israel Monday, setting off air raid sirens as the military rushed more forces to the border.  The military said 40 rockets were launched in an hour as night fell. 

    Israel retaliated with air strikes. The militant group Hamas said at least six of its members were killed.

    Israel called up hundreds of reservists in anticipation of more clashes with the militant group Hamas, which it blames for the killing of the Israeli youths.  Hamas has denied responsibility for the Israeli teenagers' deaths.

    An undated family handout picture obtained on July 2, 2014 shows 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was burned to death after being abducted.An undated family handout picture obtained on July 2, 2014 shows 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was burned to death after being abducted.
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    An undated family handout picture obtained on July 2, 2014 shows 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was burned to death after being abducted.
    An undated family handout picture obtained on July 2, 2014 shows 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was burned to death after being abducted.

    Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killing of the Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and called his father, Hussein, to express his condolences. Netanyahu's office said the Israeli leader expressed his outrage "over the reprehensible murder of your son."

    “The murderers will be brought to trial and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Netanyahu added, according to the statement.

    Numerous protests have broken out in recent days in Jerusalem and Israeli Arab towns over the killing.  An American cousin of Abu Khdeir was detained in one of the protests and allegedly beaten by Israeli police.  

    Israeli authorities say the six suspects being held over the killing had nationalist motives and belong to an extremist Jewish group.

    On Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated appeals for calm, and vowed to not allow extremists from either side to "set the region on fire and bring a new wave of bloodshed."

    No comment from family

    The father of the slain teenager was not immediately available for comment.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with the Abu Khudair family and a delegation from their Shua'fat neighborhood at his compound in Ramallah on Monday.

    • Israeli soldiers drive on an armored personal carrier near the Israel and Gaza Strip border, July 7, 2014.
    • Israeli soldiers ride atop a tank outside the southern Gaza Strip, July 7, 2014.
    • Mourners carry the body of Palestinian militant Marwan Sleem during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip, July 7, 2014.
    • A woman walks behind Palestinian militants standing guard during the funeral of their comrade Marwan Sleem in the central Gaza Strip, July 7, 2014.
    • Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, July 7, 2014.
    • Women mourn after an Israeli air strike killed two Palestinian militants, at a hospital morgue in the central Gaza Strip, July 6, 2014.
    • Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, a U.S. citizen who relatives say was beaten and arrested by Israeli police during clashes sparked by the killing of his cousin, is escorted by Israeli prison guards during an appearance at a Jerusalem court, July 6, 2014.

     

    Abbas said he will sign new international treaties, for the protection of the Palestinian people.

    “We will no longer be silent at these crimes against our people - the killings, torture, settlements, attacking, cutting down trees and attacking mosques. We will not be silent,” Abbas said.

    Honest investigation

    Israel's outgoing president, Shimon Peres, and his successor, Reuven Rivlin, promised in a joint editorial published in Yedioth Ahronoth, the country's best-selling newspaper on Monday, there would be no cover-up in the investigation of the Palestinian's death.

    Cautioning that “words can kill,” they also appealed for an end to incitement by both sides in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    “The bloodshed will stop only when we all understand that it is not our unhappy fate to live together, but rather our destiny to do so,” Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Rivlin, a veteran right-wing politician, wrote.

    Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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    by: Robert Riversong from: Vermont USA
    July 08, 2014 8:50 AM
    We will know that Israel offers equal "justice" when it demolishes the homes of the IDF soldiers who brutally beat an American youth while he was handcuffed and helpless, and the homes of the six Jewish settlers who burned a teenager alive in one of the most atrocious acts of violence in Israeli history.

    by: Joseph Effiong from: calabar - nigeria
    July 07, 2014 11:12 PM
    Benjamin Natanyahu promise the killer of palestinian teen will be arrested and will face trial. Truly three suspects confessed of committing the crime. But what Abbas doing about those that kidnapped and killed three Israeli teens. He is hiding them. He is saying he will sign more international treaties to protect palestinian people . Abbas should also produce those kidnappers as Natanyahu did. He knows where they are.

    by: kiku from: Japan
    July 07, 2014 8:18 PM
    I am sorry, i know its insensitive, but we can't get enough news of Israel...!!! its such a fascinating place. Love from Japan

    Israel, we LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!

    by: Robert Riversong from: Vermont USA
    July 07, 2014 3:35 PM
    I suspect that Netanyahu is more concerned about legitimate Palestinian backlash than he is about justice for the burned-alive youth, as his IDF was brutal in detaining the dead boy's American cousin, rendering his face unrecognizable to his relatives and denying him medical care for hours.

    by: Leroy padmore from: Jersey City
    July 07, 2014 10:46 AM
    We are sorry for the death of the Palestinian teen. But at the same time, it was certain Jews who took the law in their own hands. It was not the doing of the IDF nor the Israel Government. But as the Prime minister said the killers will be brought to justice. Justice will be serve for the Palestinians teen. Going back to the root of the killing of the Palestinina teen, had it not been the killing of those Jewish teens, that Palestinian kid was still going to be alive.

    Let us look at the truth here. If the Palestinians stop the rockets firing, stop the killing of the Jews, we won't have these that we are facing now. The blood of those Jewish teens that died is important too just like the Palestianian kid that died. So investigation should be done about the killing of those Jewish teens too. Let their killing be brought to justice. But that will not happen, because it please the Arabs to kill the Jews.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    July 07, 2014 8:22 AM
    We are sorry for the death of the Palestinian kid, but at the same token it was one Jew who took the law in his own hand. And as PM Netanyahu said the killer will be brought to just. And we stand with PM Netanyahu in that decision. At least the world know that it was not the IDF. IDF doesn't kidnapped and murder a kid like how the Palestinians do.
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    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    July 09, 2014 2:21 AM
    It does matter how they died. What matters is this,the Palestinians had to right to kidnapped those kids and killed them. that is the bottom-line. Let the Palestinians stop the violence. They need to stop the violence. they are too violent. When ever you are violent, this is what you get in return, VIOLENCE. WHY the Jews cannot live freely in the own home land? You cannot erase history,you made try hard, You cannot just erase history. History tells you that the Land belongs to the Jews. Your so call Palestinians need to go back to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
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    by: Robert Riversong from: Vermont USA
    July 07, 2014 3:50 PM
    It was six Jews, not one, and the IDF brutally assaulted the boy's American cousin to the point where his face was unrecongnizable - AFTER he was shackled and helpless.

    The Palestinians didn't burn a teen alive like the Jewish extremists.

    by: Anthonybellchambers from: London
    July 07, 2014 7:29 AM
    These are ISRAELI suspects!

    It is really important that these murder suspects are described as 'ISRAELI' and not 'Jewish'. The majority of Israelis are Jews, but the majority of Jews are NOT Israeli!
    Propaganda and racial incitement are cheap, but facts are sacred.
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    by: ayman from: france
    July 07, 2014 3:37 PM
    Palestinians love life but don't fear death defending their land, homes and families. One needs only look at the stats of stolen land, demolished homes, new invasive settlements, and above all: murdered or maimed Palestinian civilians (including thousands of children) only since 2000. All by IDF and settlers. It is not only the unfortunate recent murder of 3 Israelis that started everything.

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