Two Teens Arrested for Alleged Murder of Classmate in Rahat

Badly burnt body of Abu Siam was found on Friday night in southern Bedouin town of Rahat; police say the teens attacked him because they were jealous.

Two teenagers from the southern Bedouin town of Rahat were arrested Saturday for allegedly beating, stabbing and then burning the body of 16-year-old Abu Siam on Thursday night.

According to the police, Siam went to school with the two teens, both 16, who allegedly kidnapped him when he was walking home, beat him up and stabbed him.  When Siam was unconscious, they placed him on a burning tire in an attempt to cover up the brutal murder.

Police, Nir Kaider, Oct. 28, 2010
Nir Kaider

The teens confessed to the alleged murder and reenacted the events.

"He was a talented boy and they were apparently jealous of him," a police source said. "The boy was stabbed several times in his upper torso, but they did not intend to kill him, and after they realized what they had done they burned him to hide the evidence."

The body was found at 1 A.M. Friday after police began to search for the boy on Thursday, following a missing person's notice. A Magen David Adom emergency crew subsequently rushed to the scene, only to declare the boy's death.

Two weeks ago, a 19-year-old pregnant woman was shot and killed in the southern Bedouin town, in what police suspected was the result of a dispute between the woman and her mother in law.