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Fresh Israeli-Arabs Riots and Clashes Sunday Night

By DEBKAfile & Israel Hayom

Hundreds of masked Palestinians tried to block a main junction of highway 70 east of Acre Sunday night. They clashed with a special police unit deployed to keep the highway open. Israeli police are braced for a further surge of violence by Israeli Arabs in the northern and central districts, after six Jewish suspects were arrested in connection with the murder of a Palestinian boy in Jerusalem.,

The police also announced the arrest of six Jewish men from Beit Shemesh and Adam near Jerusalem and the city itself in connection with the murder of the Palestinian 16-year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whose charred body was found in the Jerusalem Forest on July 2. The motive is believed to be "nationalistic revenge" for the three Israel teenage boys kidnapped and slain by Hamas activists who are still at large.

Police have also identified the vehicle used by three of the suspects who are alleged to have kidnapped the Palestinian boy from Sheafat, northwest Jerusalem on July 1, the day before his body was found. Police suspect that they struck him on the head, drove off with him to the Jerusalem Forest and then burned his body to erase forensic evidence.

The suspects admit they were in the vicinity of the crime but deny having committed the murder. A gag order has been issued on the publication of details of the inquiry except for police statements. An autopsy was conducted on the boy's body in the presence of a Palestinian forensic specialist. PA sources said that soot found in the boy's respiratory canal and lungs indicated that he was burned to death and suffered burns on "90% of his body." This was not confirmed by Israeli investigators.

The discovery of Abu Khdeir's body sparked a three-day frenzy of Palestinian and Israeli Arab rioting in Jerusalem, where 10 Jews were injured by firebombs, and northern Israel, where Jewish drivers were beaten up by Israeli Arabs.

The top-notch Jerusalem Police Central Unit has been assigned to lead the investigation. Senior officers have promised that every possible effort will be made to solve this murder. President Shimon Peres stated that those responsible will be tried and punished. Israeli leaders have widely condemned the killing of the Palestinian youth, whoever was responsible, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed those responsible would be brought to justice.

In a separate incident, Abu Khdeir's 15-year-old cousin Tariq, a US citizen was beaten by police during clashes in Jerusalem on Thursday. Tariq's parents, Suha and Salah, said he was detained but had been treated at an Israeli hospital. They released photos showing his face swollen and badly bruised.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said Tariq Abu Khdeir had resisted arrest and attacked police officers. He was detained with a slingshot in his possession, along with six other protesters, including some armed with knives, she said, adding that several officers were hurt. Tariq's father said he witnessed his son's arrest and that the boy was not involved in the violence.Sunday, after a court hearing, he was released to nine days house arrest and told reporters he had been treated well.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Khdeir was one of six rioters caught and detained in the incident. Three of the rioters were found to be carrying knives. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday called on Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to order an investigation of the incident.

The matter has the potential to become an international affair, given that Khdeir is an American citizen who was visiting relatives in east Jerusalem. Khdeir resides in Tampa, Florida. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Saturday confirmed that an American consular officer visited him on Saturday.

"We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force," Psaki said. "We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force."

On Sunday, Khdeir was sentenced to nine days of house arrest. Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a Jerusalem court ordered Khdeir to remain at home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

Satmar Rebbe Blames Kidnapped Teens' Parents for Their Murder


Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, one of two Grand Rebbes of Satmar, has blamed the parents of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach for their sons' murder by Palestinian terrorists. "The parents are to blame," the leader of the world's biggest Hasidic movement ruled. "They caused their sons' murder and they must repent.

"Who let them go there, among known murderers?" The rabbi asked yeshiva students at the Kiryas Yoel community in Monroe, New York last week. "Is there no place in the Land of Israel to live and study – only inside the animal cage? Who gave them permission to put themselves, their sons and their daughters in the lions' den, and abandon their souls?"

As head of the zealous Hasidic movement which produced the haredi opposition to the State of Israel, the Satmar Rebbe believes that the teens were murdered because of "the evil inclination and the passion for the wholeness of the land." He referred to the three families' worldview as "the most pedantic Zionism.

"In my opinion, the parents should not eulogize their children.They had better repent and confess, weeping, that they went to live and study in a place of brutal murderers." For the sake of atonement, he suggested that they read the confession of religious sins, as Jewish worshippers do on Yom Kippur.

The haredi leader sees today's Zionism in the sense of "one sin which leads to another." The proof, he said, can be found in the events which took place in Jerusalem after the teens' bodies were discovered: "Today the journey of revenge arrived, and there is a fear that they found an Arab killed by Jews."Who knows what will be the results of such actions?" he warned. "Jews all around the world, in all countries, are now in danger for fear of revenge from the Arabs. I hope the Arab was killed by the sons of Ishmael. Tens of millions of Jews have been killed in the Diaspora for 2,000 years now. They were the murdered ones, not the murderers. That was the Jews' strength in the Diaspora."

The Rebbe admitted that his words were hard to digest at a time "when every Jewish heart is in pain and mourns the Jewish people's troubles and the victims." He then broke into tears. In order to prevent confusion among his followers, the rabbi stressed that "such a horrifying incident, in which three Jewish souls were killed in such a brutal manner, God have mercy, is grievance for all the Jewish people, and every Jew must mourn."

He explained, however, that he sees it as a duty to "fight with all one's might against the power of lies and tell the truth, even in a painful situation." According to the Rebbe, "With all the grief and distress, we must also look at this thing in a broader and wiser manner and with open eyes, according to the Torah. People will say that we are Israel haters," he said,

"(But) Israel haters are those who abandon the Jewish souls to the evil inclination of Zionism; an Israel hater is a person who engages in acts of revenge and encourages the murderers to take revenge, and that's how it goes, revenge after revenge from side to side. The haredi Judaism is expelled from the entire state. No Zionism, no settlement, no revenge."

Satmar officials noted that the Rebbe had "lost his temper" when he attacked the murdered teens' parents in the middle of the seven days of mourning, and even interrupted the Torah studies at the yeshiva. They explained that he could not keep silent in light of the escalation in Israel.

"Unlike Neturei Karta, who are very extreme, we don't talk at the time of mourning, but only after the blood has calmed down," said one of the movement's officials. "But because of the murder of the Arab boy and the fears of revenge around the world, the rabbi made an exception and discussed what is happening in the Land of Israel on the second day of mourning."

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