Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Videos: Jerusalem “lynch mobs” attack Palestinians after Israeli teens’ funerals

From the Electronic Intifada

Update, 2 July: Vigilante killing suspected

Palestinian youth Muhammed Abu Khudair, 16, was reported by residents of Shuafat, in eastern occupied Jerusalem, to have been kidnapped. Israeli police confirmed finding the body of a Palestinian youth with signs of violence in a wooded area. Israeli authorities suspect that the killing may have been a revenge attack.

Witnesses said “that footage from surveillance cameras shows Israelis stepping out of a Hyundai in front of Abu Khudair’s house and forcing the teen inside before speeding off,” Ma’an News Agency reported.

Youths in Shuafat have been clashing with occupation forces for hours. Occupation forces have closed the area. The Twitter user @BDS4Justice lives in the area and has been posting regular updates.

Original post

Since the bodies of three missing Israeli youths were discovered in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Israeli politicians have whipped the public up with demands for “revenge.”

The videos in this post show disturbing footage of significant crowds of young Israelis marching through the streets of Jerusalem on Tuesday evening chanting “Death to the Arabs” – “mavet la’aravim” in Hebrew.

In some of the footage those chanting appear to be young children.

“Lynch mobs”

Ynet reported that “Police forces managed to rescue eight Arabs from the mob and arrested 47 on charges of public disorder, attempted assault of Arab minors, assaulting police officers, and property damage.”

Ynet posted its own footage of incidents “where the protesting mob posed a threat to an individual Arab and police officers struggled to separate and protect an innocent life from the enraged rightwing extremists.”

Video posted by Ynet showed “one Arab man being rescued from the mob and a group of Arab workers being attacked in a parking lot.”

Police prevented the mobs from entering the Old City of eastern occupied Jerusalem “in an attempt to prevent further lynch attempts,” Ynet said. more

Medics: Over 50 Palestinians injured in East Jerusalem clashes

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Over 50 people were injured in ongoing clashes with Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem following the kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian from the Shufat neighborhood, medics said Wednesday.

Rajih al-Hawarin, a Red Crescent paramedic, told Ma'an that as of 1:30 p.m. 37 Palestinians had been hit by rubber-coated bullets and six by shrapnel in clashes in Shufat.

Two Palestinians also sustained fractures after being assaulted by Israeli police officers, al-Hawarin said. It was unclear how the remainder of the Palestinians were injured.

He said soldiers were firing tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades, and live fire at protesters, and that a total of 17 Palestinians required hospitalization for their injuries. more

Palestinian teen abducted, killed, body burned in suspected revenge attack

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A Palestinian teenager from occupied East Jerusalem was kidnapped and killed early Wednesday in a suspected act of revenge for the killing of three Israeli youths, Israeli army radio reported.

Locals identified the victim as 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir from the Shufat neighborhood.

Witnesses told Ma'an that footage from surveillance cameras shows Israelis stepping out of a Hyundai in front of Abu Khdeir's house and forcing the teen inside before speeding off.

The murder sparked a wave of clashes in East Jerusalem where around 200 angry young Palestinians threw stones at police, who responded with sound bombs and rubber bullets, an AFP correspondent and police said.

Quoting witnesses, the radio said the youth was seen being forced into a car in the Palestinian eastern half of the city.

A body was found shortly afterwards in another part of the city, the radio said, describing it as a "suspected revenge attack" for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers from the southern West Bank on June 12. more