Relatives of murdered Arab teen indicted on terror charges

July 31, 2016  

Two residents of the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in Jerusalem were arrested in June in a joint operation of Israeli police and the Shin Bet security agency.

The two suspects have been accused of multiple firebomb and stone-throwing attacks on the city’s Light Rail train and on security forces.

Aside from the attacks, the pair have also been accused of attempted arson, an attempted attack on Israeli police, and various firearms crimes including firing in a residential area.

Both of the alleged terrorists are relatives of Muhammed Abu Khadr, the Arab teenager who was abducted and murdered by a Jewish gang following the murder of three kidnapped Israeli youths in 2014.

On Sunday the names of the suspects were released for publication. Nasser Abu Khadr, a 19-year old resident of the capital, and Muhammad Abu Khadr, 21, both relatives of the slain youth.

During interrogation, the two revealed that from August to October 2014 the pair participated in violent riots in the wake of their relative’s murder and threw dozens of stones at both the Light Rail train and security forces operating in the area.

The two also threw a number of firebombs at the Light Rail train, which passes through the Shuafat neighborhood.

The joint interrogations conducted by Israeli police and the Shin Bet also revealed that Nasser Abu Khadr had illegally purchased a Carl Gustav-style submachine gun for 4,000 shekels ($1,050) in 2015 and had fired the weapon in a residential area.


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