Three suspects indicted in killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir

Israeli security guards stand outside the courtroom where the indictment for the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, 16, is handed down

The Jerusalem District Court indicted three suspects on Thursday for the July 2 abduction and killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in an alleged revenge attack for the killing of three Israeli teens three weeks earlier.

The state prosecution asserted that, hours after the three Israeli teens were laid to rest, the three strangled and beat the East Jerusalem teenager, and while he was unconscious, burned him to death in the Jerusalem forest.

The indictment also charged two of the defendants with the attempted kidnapping of a seven-year-old Palestinian boy in Beit Hanina the night before the murder, an attempt to burn Palestinian cars, and arson against a Palestinian store in the West Bank village of Hizme in June.

The indictment said that the three went on “a human hunt,” during which they “cruelly kidnapped and murdered the minor Muhammed Abu Khdeir simply for being an Arab.”

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein strongly condemned the “grave and shocking” crime, which was “carried out against an innocent youth on racist grounds,” and “opposes basic human morality”…

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