Shin Bet releases details of Palestinian teens murder

Israel’s Shin Bet security service released the details of the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir.

Three suspects, one age 30 and two minors, from Jerusalem and its environs, have confessed to the murder, according to the Shin Bet, which released a report on the investigation July 14. The suspects are all part of the same extended family.

According to the investigation, the choice of Abu Khdeir was random, and came after an attempt the previous evening to kidnap an 8-year-old boy was thwarted by the child’s mother.

The investigation also found that the decision to kidnap and kill a Palestinian was premeditated, since they had collected supplies, including handcuffs and gasoline, in advance. The suspects also told interrogators that their crime was in retaliation for the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah, whose funerals were held hours before their abduction of Abu Khdeir.

They snatched Abu Khdeir at 4 a.m. on July 2 and took him to the Jerusalem Forest, where they beat him on the head and then set fire to him.

Haaretz reported that the suspects likely will claim temporary insanity. An indictment is expected to be filed by July 18. — jta