Palestinian teen killed in revenge is removed from Israeli memorial

The name of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews in a revenge killing, was removed from Israel’s national memorial at the request of his parents.

The name was removed on April 21, hours after news reports that Khdeir’s name was added to the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial at Mount Herzl, Ynet reported.

In an act that was widely reported, Israel’s Defense Ministry recognized Khdeir as a civilian victim of terror two weeks after he was murdered. His name on the memorial was noted as Israel prepared to mark Yom HaZikaron, or Memorial Day, which began at sundown April 21.

The teen’s father, Hussein, told Ynet that “this is a great initiative meant to honor my son, but I’m more interested in something else entirely: for the court to do justice to those who burned my son alive and sentence them to the appropriate punishment.”

Khdeir, 16, was kidnapped from his eastern Jerusalem neighborhood early on the morning of July 2 and murdered hours later, less than a day after the funerals of Israeli teens Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who were kidnapped and slain by Palestinians near Hebron.

Three Jews are on trial for beating Khdeir and then setting him on fire. The suspects — Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, and two 16-year-old males — told investigators the slaying was in revenge for the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens. — jta