West Bank residents say Israeli-Palestinian violence has gone too far

JERUSALEM -- Three of the six Israeli suspects confessed to kidnapping and burning to death a Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir. It was a revenge killing that has left people on both sides disgusted.

Adam, a gated settlement in the West Bank, is where some of the suspected killers of Mohammed call home. But even there, residents say the violence has gone too far.

Shimon Rosenblum, a shop owner, says, "I think there's a sense of anger nationwide among all political sides, it really makes no difference where you are in Israel. Four children were brutally murdered for no reason other than who they were."

Mohammed was killed in revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers last month. His body was dumped in a forest outside Jerusalem.

Police found Mohammed's badly burned body. The Palestinian autopsy report shows he was still alive when the killers doused him in gasoline and set him on fire.

Rachel Frankel, the mother of murdered Israeli teen Naftali Frankel, sent her sympathies to Mohammed's family on Monday. "No mother or father should go through what we're going through now and we share the pain of parents of Mohammed Abu Khdeir," she said.

The murders of the teenagers, both Israeli and Palestinian, triggered a wave of protests and riots.

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Tariq Abu Khdeir
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Tensions spiked when Israeli police were caught on video viciously beating another Palestinian teenager. He turned out to be Mohammed's cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir.

Tariq says the police were "kicking me in my face" and "punching me in my face, brutally." He also says, "They didn't stop. They were carrying me and still kicking me and punching me. Even when I was unconscious."

Tariq says he misses Mohammed, "I can still remember his voice in my head. It's like he's still here. Just that like nobody can see him."

The lawyers of one of the Israeli suspects say three of the suspects are teenagers themselves.

  • Alex Ortiz

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