Tensions flare into violence in Jerusalem over death of teens
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/3/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
Tensions erupted in East Jerusalem after news spread that Israeli settlers were suspected of having kidnapped and killed a Palestinian teenager in retaliation for the kidnapping and death of three Israeli teens in June.
Parts of East Jerusalem have erupted in violence after the abduction and death of a teenage Palestinian.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Angered by this news, as many as 200 Palestinian youths took to the streets of Shuafat on July 2. The teens, many with their heads wrapped with keffiyeh-a traditional Arab headdress-went on a rampage, hurling stones and smashing glass windows at nearby tram and bus stations.
Israeli police responded quickly, firing rubber bullets and throwing stun grenades and tear gas in an effort to disperse the protesters. The Palestinians retreated behind a barricade made of a metal waste container and doors that had been ripped off their hinges.
Suha, the mother of the slain Palestinian-17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir-waited in her home near the clashes for her son's body to be released from the police's forensics unit. She also waited for her husband Hussein who had been detained by the police.
One of Khdeir's friends, Aladdin Ammouri, was with Suha, and found it difficult to keep anger at bay.
"First of all they tortured him, then he was beaten up, then he was set on fire, in the early hours," Ammouri said. "These are our lives, we're trying to live them."
Rumors has grown that Khdeir had been killed by family members as opposed to Israeli settlers, but Ammouri said this was a lie.
"The press is lying, saying it's a fight between families. It's not. It's a fight with the police."
Khdeir's cousin, who called himself Nick, said he witnessed the kidnapping by Jewish settlers.
"They asked him for a lighter then they put gas in his eyes," he said. "He's a small guy. They took him, and we called the police, we left the police to see the security cameras here, because there are a lot all around. They said we needed to prove someone took him, and they weren't sure of our story."
In the evening of July 2, police found a badly burned body to the west of the city in a forest, but they said they were unsure of a connection. When they confirmed the body as Khdeir's, the usually quiet streets of Shuafat erupted in anger and grief.
"The kidnapping and murder is in retaliation to the deaths of those three Israeli teenagers a couple weeks ago. There's so much tension and pressure from all sides today, it's very tense, and it's a tragedy to see the tension between us and the soldiers," Nick said.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
Hospitals have become military targets in Syria, making it difficult to provide aid to victims of the country's civil war, according to ... continue reading
A military conflict appears imminent over Syria as the United States and its allies prepare to carry out strikes on Syria. Those strikes ... continue reading
The United States and France have vowed a joint response against Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria following a chemical weapons attack on ... continue reading
Syria, Seven Years Later Watch
Seven years ago, on March 15, 2011, the Syrian Civil War began. Since then, the conflict in Syria has forced more than 5.4 million people ... continue reading
Looters from the Islamic State managed to discover the palace of an ancient Assyrian king under the tomb of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq. ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Anselm: Saint of the Day for Saturday, April 21, 2018
- Five things Catholics can do to promote international religious freedom
- Death threats for opposing gay marriage? Florist appeals to Supreme Court
- Has California just voted to ban the BIBLE? HD Video
- Daily Reading for Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Saturday, April 21, 2018
- California bill that could BAN THE BIBLE advances
- Global Warming threatening Europe with colder weather HD
- The Memorare HD
- God Alone Suffices HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, April 21st, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education