The right wing Jews who kidnapped and burned alive 16-year-old Jerusalem Arab boy, Mohammed Abu Khbeir, two weeks ago planned the kidnapping and murder in advance, police say, purchasing the gasoline used to burn him alive and other items needed for the crime before Abu Khbeir was kidnapped.
Above: Mohammed Abu Khbeir
Police: Murderers Of Arab Boy Planned Crime In Advance, Sought To Murder Vulnerable Arab As Revenge Killing
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The right wing Jews who kidnapped and burned alive 16-year-old Jerusalem Arab boy, Mohammed Abu Khbeir, two weeks ago planned the kidnapping and murder in advance, police say, purchasing the gasoline used to burn him alive and other items needed for the crime before Abu Khbeir was kidnapped, Ha’aretz reported.
Abu Khbeir was kidnapped in East Jerusalem as he sat on the steps of his father’s electronics store waiting for him so the two could go to mosque together.
Three suspects have confessed to the crime and reenacted it for police and security services.
The three also admitted trying to burn down a Palestinian-owned about two weeks before the kidnapping.
The three also tried to kidnap a 9-year-old Arab boy, Musa Zalum, less than a day before kidnapping Abu Khbeir, who while 16-years-old at his death, looked far, far younger.
The mobile phone belonging to Abu Khdeir was found in the home of one of the three primary suspects.
Police now say that three secondary suspects released to house arrest last week were part of the same terror cell but did not know about the murder until after it took place.
The three main suspects, who are still in custody, are expected to be indicted by the end of the week on charges of murder, kidnapping with intent to commit murder, arson and attempted arson attributable to racist-nationalist motives.
The new information on the kidnap-murder came to light today when Judge Merav Grinberg of the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court lifted a gag order on the details of the case.
However, the gag order on the names and identifying details of the suspects is still in force.
Police received the first call about Abu Khdeir's kidnapping at 4:48 A.M. July 2, the day of the kidnapping. Police quickly set up roadblocks and began searching.
Police used the GPS in Abu Khdeir’s cellphone to locate it and at 5:20 A.M., less than an hour after the first report of the kidnapping, Abu Khdeir’s charred body was found in the Jerusalem Forest.
The police investigators' statement on the crimes notes that the three suspects roamed East Jerusalem looking for a vulnerable Arab to abduct and murder.
“On July 2, 2014, the three suspects decided together to kidnap and murder an Arab. They searched for a victim in several Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, finally arriving in Shoafat. When they saw that the teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was alone, they seized him, forced him into their car, beat and stunned him and took him to the Jerusalem Forest. There they threw him out of the car, poured gasoline on him, set him on fire and fled.
"During the investigation, the three suspects confessed to the charges against them and re-enacted the events. Moreover, they said their motive was revenge for the kidnapping and murder of the three Jewish teenagers [Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah],” the police investigators’ statement reportedly reads in part.
The three main suspects were given psychiatric evaluations after their arrests – but not to confirm or rule out their ability to be held criminally responsible for their crimes. Instead, the purpose reportedly was to determine their appropriate treatment by police and the Israel Prisons Service while in custody.
Update 2:57 pm CDT – Ynet adds that the three main suspects drove through East jerusalem debating on whether they should kidnap a chaild, a woman or man and settled on Abu Khdeir because he looked vulnerable and was alone, aqnd because they feared and adult woman would make too much noise and an adult man would be too difficult to restrain.
"We didn't want a violent murder. We didn't want blood. We didn't want to get dirty. We searched all sorts of Arab neighborhoods, we saw him alone. We went outside and forced him into the vehicle. We sped towards the Jerusalem Forest, arrived, spilled flammable material on him that we bought beforehand, lit him on fire, and went back," one of three suspects reportedly told police.
The three main suspects tried to burn Arab-owned cars in the Sur Baher neighborhood on the edge of southeastern East Jerusalem but fled when residents noticed what they were doing.
The two younger main suspects are described as wearing black pants and white shirts every day, and one of them is a yeshiva student.
The two reportedly said dressed in jeans and t-shirts for the kidnapping to try to blend-in in the Arab neighborhoods.