Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the East Jerusalem Palestinian teenager kidnapped and killed by three Jewish boys last July, has been included in the list of victims of terrorism acts in Israel and his name has now been engraved on a stone in a Memorial of Mount Herzl. The news was spread a few hours away from the start of the annual celebrations for the fallen and the victims of terrorism, which began at sunset on April 21. After the death of the young boy, who had been killed by two peers and a 30-year-old, Defense Minister had acknowledged that the sixteen year old was “a victim of hostile action” by giving the family the same compensation for relatives of people killed in the attacks.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted on 2nd July 2014 in the suburb of Shuafat in East Jerusalem and once led by his kidnappers in nearby woods, was beaten and then burned. At the time of the arrest the killers said they had acted to avenge the death of three Jewish peers, Gilad Shaer, NaftaliFrenkel and Eyal Yifrach,
kidnapped and then killed near Hebron. Two events occurred within a month and that shook the entire country.
With regards to the incident, Khdeir’s father has called the initiative “excellent” but said he was more interested in the judgment that they are to face the murderers of my son. He fears that the three boys may get a reduced penalty for insanity. Meanwhile, not everyone has appreciated the initiative to recall the young Palestinian, the news has sparked off several controversies including those among several families of victims of terrorism that have threatened they will erase the name of Mohammed AbuKhdeir from the monument.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati