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Monday 22 September 2014

Palestinians vent fury at teen's funeral

Robert Tait

Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

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A Palestinian youth holds a Palestinian flag and and a sling during clashes with Israeli police after prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem. Reuters
A Palestinian youth holds a Palestinian flag and and a sling during clashes with Israeli police after prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem. Reuters
Palestinian protesters run away from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes after Friday payers in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Reuters
Palestinian protesters run away from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes after Friday payers in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Reuters
Palestinian women watch from a rooftop as the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is carried during his funeral in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem. Reuters
Palestinian women watch from a rooftop as the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair is carried during his funeral in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem. Reuters

HE was taken from his native surroundings in the loneliest of circumstances, snatched from an empty street in Jerusalem and forced into a car by three men who are suspected of murdering him.

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Yesterday, the body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir was returned to the scene of his abduction for a funeral attended by thousands, where mourners chanted vows of revenge against Israel and fired rifle shots over his grave.

Mohammed, a student electrician who loved Palestinian folk dancing, was kidnapped shortly before dawn on Wednesday as he waited for morning prayers to start in his local mosque. Police later found him dead, his body burnt beyond recognition, in a forest in West Jerusalem in what Palestinians believe was a revenge killing for the deaths of three Israelis.

Men shouted in anger and women wailed in grief as the 16-year-old's body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was carried through the debris-strewn streets of East Jerusalem's Shuafat neighbourhood to a local cemetery.

"Enough is enough, we will pay with our blood", "Intifada (uprising) is the only way", and "Hamas, carry out suicide bombings" were among the slogans chanted by male mourners, many with their faces covered with masks and keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian scarf.

Clashes broke out after the burial between masked Palestinian youths, who threw stones and erected burning barricades, and Israeli police, who responded with tear gas. © Daily Telegraph, London)

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