Palestinians vent fury at teen's funeral
Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30
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.
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)