Several Jewish suspects arrested in Palestinian teens kidnapping, death

JERUSALEM - An official says the killing of a Palestinian teenager has resulted in the arrests of several Jewish suspects.

The teen's death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel over what Palestinians said was a revenge killing for the earlier deaths of three Israeli teens.

The official says investigators believe the killing was "nationalistic" in nature.

Friends and relatives of the teen gathered together earlier in the week to mourn Khdeir's death.

"We were up all night with family members in disbelief,” said Eman Abu Khdeir, a cousin of the 16-year-old.

"He's like the comedian. He's always laughing. Always had a smile on his face," she said.

According to officials Khdeir was sitting on a wall in a town near Jerusalem waiting for morning prayer to start when he was kidnapped.

His body was found an hour later, burned.

Another of his cousins living in Tampa, Reem Kader, says, "You killed an innocent human being for no reason. It's hard for the parents to understand. It's hard for every single person here to understand."

Khdeir's cousin, Tariq Khdeir, was also involved in violence this week near Jerusalem. He was allegedly severally beaten by Israli police officers and placed on house arrest Sunday morning.


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