Suspected revenge killing slammed by Israeli PM
Quoting witnesses, the radio said the youth was seen being forced into a car in the Arab eastern half of the city.
A body was found shortly afterwards in another part of the city, the radio said, describing it as a “suspected revenge attack” for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers from the southern West Bank on June 12.
Israel has blamed Hamas for their murders in an incident which has shocked the nation and triggered calls for revenge.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri confirmed they were investigating reports of a kidnapping and said they had found a body but refused to say whether the two incidents were connected. She did not give details on the victim’s identity.
Wave of riots
The news sparked a wave of clashes in east Jerusalem where around 200 angry young Palestinians threw stones at police, who responded with sound bombs and rubber bullets, an AFP correspondent and police said.
Earlier, after the three teenagers were buried, around 200 Israelis rampaged through Jerusalem, stopping cars and the light rail and shouting “Death to Arabs,” police and witnesses said. Police said 47 people were arrested.
‘Despicable’ murder slammed
The Palestinian leadership said Wednesday it held Israel responsible for the murder of an east Jerusalem teenager in a suspected revenge attack for the killing of three Israelis.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a statement demanded that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin condemn the murder and that Israel “take concrete steps on the ground to stop (revenge) attacks and the chaos caused by the Israeli escalation”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the “despicable murder” of a Palestinian teenager hours after he was kidnapped from a neighbourhood in annexed east Jerusalem.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu asked the investigating authorities to work as quickly as possible to find out who was behind the despicable murder of the youth, and what is the background of the incident,” a statement from his office said.
The prime minister urged all sides not to take the law into their own hands, it said, as fears grew the killing was an act of revenge for the murder by Palestinian militants of three Israeli teenagers.